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Zuma, Motlanthe rack up R210m in flights

2012-06-13 14:44

Cape Town - Flying President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe to their various engagements since the pair assumed office has cost taxpayers more than R210m, former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu has revealed.

In written responses to two parliamentary questions, tabled on Wednesday, she said Zuma and Motlanthe had used a total of 499 SA Air Force flights.

These included aircraft operated by the SAAF's 21 (VIP) Squadron and its Reserve Squadron, as well as flights chartered by the SAAF.

Of the 499 flights, Zuma used 286, at a total cost of R140 515 430.15; while Motlanthe used 213, at a total cost of R69 746 680.47.

Sisulu, who on Tuesday was shifted by Zuma from defence to take over as public service and administration minister, said the figures were for the period 2009/10 to date.

According to the replies, a total of 53 flights were chartered for the two men by the SAAF.

Comments
  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-06-13 14:48

    whats new?! #sigh

      Squeegee - 2012-06-13 14:51

      Use Skype mr president!

      sabongam - 2012-06-13 15:05

      So in other words you're saying that the President is not supposed to fly to other countries for official(work) purposes? It is part of his mandate after all.What you can say is that he could set an example by being more economical in his flying or find a better way(rand wise) that he would allow him to save the tax payer from such spending. Have you ever heard of a President that does not fly on official duty except for Mugabe which because of sanctions imposed by the West?

      pushka.vladovic - 2012-06-13 15:08

      Oh come on now!!! this circus is getting beyond a joke, when are the poor going to rise up and say enough is enough and vote the anc out of power? We are a banana republic with first world aspirations. And please don't come with the old cop out of "lets compare what other countries spend" we have serious poverty issues in this country and can not be compared to the "big hitting" first world countries.

      Keith - 2012-06-13 15:09

      So often?? Just proves he is out of the country too much.

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-13 15:18

      Huh?

      Thando - 2012-06-13 15:20

      Doesn't Government have Lync or Cisco video conferencing system ? Sure it would cost a fraction ? Do the many wives also fly around ? This really makes me angry

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 15:26

      So R210 million divided by 499 flights means EACH flight cost R 420 841.68 How is that justifiable?

      rbphiri - 2012-06-13 15:29

      I'm not gay but throughout my heterosexual life i have been feeling a certain pain in my behind...Oooh that's right! the pain is known as government. Why do people keep voting for these financial paedophiles, who keep molesting our financial behinds...honey pass the vaseline, i need to brace myslef for further financial sodomy.

      Raymond - 2012-06-13 15:29

      OPWhitey, don't you get tired of posting the same paragraph on EVERY blog?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 15:30

      That must be the cost per flight, PLUS, 5-7 Star Hotel accomodation, shopping allowance, vacation entertainment allowance, luxury sports car hire, 5 course lunches and dinners at the best restaurants (includes imported champagnes and single malt whiskeys), etc ...

      Anthony - 2012-06-13 15:31

      is this correct R420 000 per flight....wtf???

      djmain1 - 2012-06-13 15:34

      @ sabongam - He and the rest of the gravy-trainers should follow Ms Banda from Malawi's example. She flies commercial airlines to her meetings. AND she has instructed all government officials to scale down on their official vehicles - no more expensive luxury German vehicles for them. Now there is someone who is showing that she is a servant of the people and not in it for the money. Maximum respect!

      Rob - 2012-06-13 15:37

      Zuma in flight...A wonderful sight.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-13 15:40

      This is pretty normal for them. They don't live in SA. They don't know whats happening in SA. That money can feed alot of hungry people and that will stop commiting crime. How many schools can they build to educate the nation. They don't know the cost of living. EASY COME,EASY GO.

      dries.appelgryn - 2012-06-13 15:42

      No breakdown on costs of the 53 chartered flights is given and these are over and above the R210m quoted. Think about the costs of the chaperone aircraft used as well!

      grant.hide - 2012-06-13 15:47

      We could build a floating island with that.

      Andrew - 2012-06-13 15:59

      I demand to see a breakdown per wife!!! Please SA next time choose a more efficient president!!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 16:05

      Andrew that rules out Malema, he's into Mercs, Breitlings and Johnny Walker Blue. Seems this brazen opulence runs through the lot of them.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-13 16:07

      Hugh, they had to pay extra weight charges. One ton of wives is very heavy.

      Tasneem - 2012-06-13 16:17

      Sabongam, just don't complain when you're charged exorbitant toll fees, or when electricity is hiked, or you're not receiving adequate services from govt., or there's some new tax or an increase in fuel levies again because they claim there is not enough money in the budget. If you think its ok to be spending north of R400k for a flight then you're part of the problem...wake the f#$K up dude, srsly. Stop defending this wasteful behaviour, because you perceive this as a blacks vs. whites thing, its really not, you're losing out on what you're entitled too as a result of this incompetency, in fact its poor black people that suffer the most. By defending this arrogance, you do your countrymen a great disservice.

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-06-13 16:24

      Forgive me all white south africans cause i have been so racist towards them

      jason.joao - 2012-06-13 16:29

      For so many flights - it's not really that bad of a number. R421k per flight - that's for an entire plane and for additional staff etc. - doesn't seem outrageous to me in the bigger scheme of things (shocked that something doesn't seem outrageous under the cANCer govt!)

      John - 2012-06-13 17:34

      I'm gonna play devil's advocate (and in this case Oom Zoomer). I agree, it is a huge amount of money. What I would like to know, as a citizen, is what allocations do they receive? This should be the first point of contention. They could have over a billion rand budget to use over 5years on official visits. My point is, context needs to be given to this expenditure. If this allowance is unacceptable, then It should be addressed in parliament. So we can argue ad infinitum about how long is a string or we can add some context. As far as personal use, that is a different matter altogether - they should be criminally charged for misuse of public funds, it's that serious.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-06-13 17:43

      This is why it burns my butt to pay taxes!

      Allen - 2012-06-14 08:44

      He should stay in our country and govern - that's his job. Just like Mbeki before him, he's using our money as a subsidised tourist, playing "Big Bok" and thinking that he's a player amongst world leaders. Stay at home Mr Zuma and use your car. R210m - It would take my little company 70 years to turn that over. R210m - think of all the RDP houses that could be built with that! This wanton spending is a disgrace. If you spent R210m on flying around, how much did you spend on luxury accommodation?

      Chrono Man - 2013-10-09 15:48

      Nothing actually. PW Botha insisted to be flown back to his home in Cape Town even when parliament was sitting in Pretoria. People just did not know about it. That was wrong and what was reported here about Zuma and Motlanthe would also be wrong if they made misuse of state funds.

  • Henri - 2012-06-13 14:49

    Awesome, so great to see where my money is going to, to SAA who cant even balance its own books :(

      downwiththeanc - 2012-06-13 15:10

      They don't fly SAA - they fly jets from Air Force

      John - 2012-06-13 17:55

      Both actually. And private charters.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-13 20:41

      Isn't that logic a bit sick, Anthony?

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-14 00:50

      The average RDP house R20 000? Are you living circa 1984? Please wake up. The average RDP house is close to R100 000. It could be a lot less if Gov provided the basics and the peeps occupying provided the labour - now THAT would be a great SA initiative.

  • Shelley - 2012-06-13 14:50

    How many RDP houses would that create?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 14:58

      How many ANC and ANCYL T-shirts could they have printed??? R210 million could have been used to bus in the next rent-a-riot crowds for the regime's next riot rally

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 15:06

      Are you telling me to 'get out', 'bloody agent' ???

      Tebz001 - 2012-06-13 15:08

      @ Dubula,did you say Poor Zuma? more like,poor SA..

      downwiththeanc - 2012-06-13 15:12

      I agree with Charles...they could have rather pocketed that money for themselves

      downwiththeanc - 2012-06-13 15:13

      I mean, sorry....these ANC tendencies are taking root in me too now. Wanna live the corrupt way with easy money

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 15:32

      The average price for a RDP house is R20 000. They could have built 10 500 RDP houses with R210 million. R210 million divided by R50 also means they could have bought 4 200 000 KFC burgers.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 15:40

      Hugh, not if they're upsizing for government MPs.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-13 15:43

      Yes, Hugh. And if the spear costs R26 000 they could have bought 8076.92 spears with this money.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 15:51

      I wonder if that's enough Spears to dangle in every art gallery around the world?

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-14 00:51

      The average RDP house R20 000? Are you living circa 1984? Please wake up. The average RDP house is close to R100 000. It could be a lot less if Gov provided the basics and the peeps occupying provided the labour - now THAT would be a great SA initiative. 0 0 | Delete

  • Riaan - 2012-06-13 14:53

    Please fly away and stay away, Zoomer.

  • Raymond - 2012-06-13 14:54

    And in other news...........

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-13 15:06

      ya, please.

  • Sandra - 2012-06-13 14:55

    JZ -Please get lessons from Joyce Banda on how to govern . See what she has done about flights and vehicles - but are you humble enough to lower your expectations of the taxpayer. I think you are just too arrogant.

      Marcelle - 2012-06-13 15:09

      Took the words right off my keyboard there Sandra - You are 100% correct! Well done Joyce!

  • tabassum.walely - 2012-06-13 14:56

    unfortunatley people love spending other peoples hard earned money.....

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 15:01

      I think we all do, but I know what you're saying

  • Keith - 2012-06-13 14:58

    Boycot to pat tax for 1 year and reduce these mafias salaries.So many poor and hungry people is the country and these fat cats are abusing the money which could have fed the poor.Enough is enough

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-13 14:59

    Unbelieveable. Does he have any conscience at all? This is an outrageous sum of money and no one can say it's justified. Good Grief!!!!

  • winston.mullany - 2012-06-13 14:59

    That equals to R491 312.69 for Zooma per flight and R327 449.20 for his deputy! WTF!!!

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-13 15:26

      Zooma eats more

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-13 15:00

    WTF?!!!\r\nAND YOU STILL VOTE FOR THESE MORONS??

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-13 15:04

      Bs wake the hell up!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 15:04

      Yes you do, how about you vote for black parties like Cope, UDM or Inkhata. Otherwise you can always join the democratic South Africa and join the only democratic party in South Africa, the DA ???

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-13 15:16

      Mind boggling. God did definitely not bless you with the logic gene. Keep on feeding the fat boys.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-13 15:27

      Don't have a choice? Is that what the ANC has taught you? That you don't have a choice but whites do? The power is in YOUR hands. If you continually vote for the ANC, and if this country goes down the drain, don't blame the whites. It was you who put these selfish money-loving people in power.

      Kevin - 2012-06-13 16:32

      DubulaAmanzi, democracy only works if and when you hold the Government of the day accountable by voting them out of office. It is fear of losing power (and the associated perks and money) that forces Government to do what is right for the voting public. As long as you stupidly believe that they will somehow improve their performance without being held to account, you will get the couldn't care less spendthift government of patronage and nepotism that you have in South Africa, or anywhere else for that matter.

      Adam - 2012-06-14 05:16

      DubulaAmanzi it is only your brain that is hindering your advancement.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-13 15:00

    WTF?!!!\r\nAND YOU STILL VOTE FOR THESE MORONS??

  • hendriek.woede - 2012-06-13 15:00

    Who asked anyway, they are doing their job. They were not visit girlsfriends or killing people in Matola

      Keith - 2012-06-13 15:13

      They weren't looking after their own house either. How can you help other countries when your own is burning. What is so important overseas that takes preference over South Africa. Next arms deal maybe????

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-13 16:01

      Well that's OK - but do not blame apartheid or Whites in general when: There is no money for that next water pipe to get water to people who need it. When people complain that still do not have an electricity supply. When the cry for housing starts up again. When people ...... Do you get the picture now?

      Kevin - 2012-06-13 16:35

      As long as that job is talking nonsense at useless talk fests (eg the UN, I suppose they are doing their jobs. You are right they weren't visiting girlfriends they took them along for the ride at our expense.

  • Jim Jam - 2012-06-13 15:01

    Wonder if the tax payers flip the bill for all his wives?

  • Gavin - 2012-06-13 15:02

    you get what you vote for.

  • Keith - 2012-06-13 15:04

    Why dont they travel by Google Earth and go in conference calls via skype more cost effective for the tax payer

  • Iceberg - 2012-06-13 15:04

    What does Motlanthe actually DO? And what makes these men so special that they can't fly national cariers?

      Thando - 2012-06-13 15:21

      It seems Motlanthe is there to criticise opposition and media

  • Stefan Heiberg - 2012-06-13 15:04

    Absolutely ridiculous. I would be ashamed if i was them

  • richard.zanner - 2012-06-13 15:06

    Yes well what do you expect when you fly with a second plane following and some escort fighters as well and then later deny that they all flew all the way to the US.

  • vic.hammond.75 - 2012-06-13 15:06

    And how many of thosetrips were really necessary?

  • crocky1234 - 2012-06-13 15:08

    Let us milk this country for all it's worth.. It's only money afterall.

  • Ringeta - 2012-06-13 15:08

    Well spent. they are our leaders. Good news.

      indianajohn - 2012-06-13 15:26

      Lemming.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-13 15:29

      So it's ok for your leaders to spend R210 million just on flights? And then have another R20 BILLION a year lost to corruption? Pathetic

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 15:49

      Chop.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-13 15:50

      Ringeta you are clearly not a taxpayer. I'm sure you are one of those who lives on my tax money via government grants that is why you are okay with them wasting the taxpayers money. I take it, it is exactly what you do, you moron.

      BulletProof - 2012-06-13 16:15

      And one of this days U and your family will return to the shack beging for food.Retard.

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-13 18:49

      Well said

      Zahir - 2012-06-13 18:53

      The village idiot has spoken but makes no sense

      Juan - 2012-06-13 19:57

      I help pay for their flights yes, but they aren't my leaders.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-06-14 08:11

      They may be YOUR leaders but they spending OUR tax money.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-06-13 15:08

    This is what we call champagne taste with beer money. Where do they think it is all coming from considering that lees that one fifth of the population are actually carrying the can for the whole population. Wonder what they going to do when the bucket dries up. Retire to lake Geneva and write a book.

  • Adjecent Sekhaolelo - 2012-06-13 15:09

    wtf

  • Ringeta - 2012-06-13 15:09

    they did not spent much. they have saved a lot. that includes chatterd flights and servicing Airforce flights. Good.

      Amanda - 2012-06-13 15:13

      jes this big nose and his partner know exactly what thy doing!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-13 15:31

      R105 million per person??? Are you serious? It's good? While thousands of people (which they are supposed to serve) don't even have the basic of human needs? That money could be put to better use. Or maybe it's good that they used it for flights. Better than being pocketed by corrupt officials.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 15:53

      Maths - not your strong point is it Ringeta.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-13 17:29

      Ringmuscle: I read you as follows: The people in South Africa must suffer more deprivation. That is good.

  • Sarah - 2012-06-13 15:17

    For the sake of south african developing areas they should have used skype for their engagements and meetings.That money cudve done greatly for south africa

  • Brian Mthembu - 2012-06-13 15:20

    Question, they use South African Air Force planes ryt?although not a national carrier stil south african ryt?if they were to use SAA, SAA wud obviously charge them for the opportunity cost of flying them around the world instead of flying their own customers. So wat diff wud dat mke? First class tickets r lyk min R60000 per person return on SAA, so calculate how many seats he wud hv to book out to compensate SAA for loss of revenue.

      indianajohn - 2012-06-13 15:25

      Wtf? Why must SAA empty the plane for him?! He can take his damn seat next to the other passengers like the prime minister of Britain does. Zuma's average flight costs R490 000!

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-06-13 15:22

    Nothing wrong with it if it all were official trips. They often go where the SAA cannot go because of sanctions and International safety regulations. Let us not demonise everything the man does.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 15:54

      Are you still crawling out of the pond?

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-13 15:59

      \SAA cannot go because of sanctions and International safety regulations.\ Where did you get that from? Please I would like to know. I'm aware of SAA being the best airliner in Africa including the safest with the best safety record, so what are you talking about?

      jan.henning.14 - 2012-06-13 16:55

      @william.letsong.5 There are several hundreds of airports and airfields in Africa where heavy commercial aircraft cannot land for technical reasons ie weight limitations, length of the runway, beacon services, etc, then there are several countries under sanctions from the UN where commercial airliners are barred from landing. Happy?

      jan.henning.14 - 2012-06-13 16:57

      @Hugh_Influence, your remark displays your prejudice or your inability to read.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-14 00:55

      There I was - agreeing with your common sense, and my comment was deleted. Jammer.

      Wouter - 2012-06-14 13:15

      SAA - sanctions??

  • Dudley - 2012-06-13 15:22

    He probably took the entire family...

  • Aziza - 2012-06-13 15:24

    well that money would have been used to pay-off the Etoll debt they stupidly created... ohh by the way i guess the bill is higher for Zooma cos he has too fly all the wives, concubines and shinanigans... cud have been much worse but hey its the president we have to R.E.S.P.E.C.T him!

  • collin.appanah - 2012-06-13 15:25

    What he cares just a knob on a door my bad the knob on a door is more useful

  • derk.woldendorp - 2012-06-13 15:26

    That is only for Zuma and Motlanthe what about the other 398 MP'S?

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 15:27

    OvaprivilegedWhitey you are possibly the dumbest plank in the shed.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 15:32

      shoo, well there's a relief

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 15:54

      Hahaha Charles ;-)

  • Mshizawamasiniya Ngwanya - 2012-06-13 15:30

    thats not bad at all keep on flying Cadres some us we can see what you are doing

      Zahir - 2012-06-13 18:48

      Zuma and Cadres are going on shopping trips and enjoying the good life nothing else

  • Issa - 2012-06-13 15:31

    Thanx for the report on the two presidents flight bills - even if it was 300 million each as far as they use it and its beneficial the must do it keep on doing, that why I wish to be the president one day to test this life. Tax payers please pay yr money with love because it is assist the development of people and so are the traveling of our leaders to various meetings of government. There is nothing to blame here if we can afford lets do it - how can we transport our leaders to America in a bus - fly them the expensive way.

      indianajohn - 2012-06-13 15:36

      Unbelievable.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-13 15:50

      Ya. OMG. Really? WTF??

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 15:55

      Un F'n believable.

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-13 16:06

      Look around you. The country cannot afford this, and that is why we complain. The same trips could have been made at a fraction of the cost.

      BulletProof - 2012-06-13 17:04

      Another retard.Troll.

      Zahir - 2012-06-13 18:43

      I think u too blind or stupid too see the state of poverty in country which is it?

  • Alf - 2012-06-13 15:32

    Do these figures include the cost of excess weight for overweight passengers ( x 4)?

  • leonardo.hendricks.1 - 2012-06-13 15:33

    The government is being over-charge I think 499 flights between the 2 in 3 years are not that bad. The problem lies by the contracting companies and not the President and Deputy of this country. On averange they (or Tax payers) are being charged almost R500000 per flight. Everytime there are a article about our leader we as a country crucify them. Yes there sre bad performing leaders but there are also good ones. We as a country are to divided.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-13 15:40

      Spot-on, Leonardo. I wonder how many SA's would have to hand their head in shame if they were forced to admit by how much they overcharge on anything related to Government tenders? Big or small, we have a corrupt citizenry that fit right in with the corrupt officials in Government. Dog eats dog, and the rest of the World runs away with our bones.

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-06-13 15:41

      They're not flying with Mango or South African Airways. They're flying with private jets and back up jets etc...its not cheap stuff.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 15:57

      Did you read the article? It's over a one year period. Each flight cost us R420 000.

  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-06-13 15:37

    Lovely to know where all my tax goes...while the poor starve and the homeless freeze. Our Governments priorities are warped...but then again a painting is far more important than a rape victim in this country.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-13 15:38

    Bloody hell whos' paying for this.....us, That's ok, ANC will see their backsides one of these days. Get them out of Goverment, and stop the rot.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-13 15:40

    The R210m is only for flights. What about the accommodation, the security, the entertainment, the communication costs etc? The TOTAL cost of gallavanting can easily be more than R1 billion. If one expects a return of 10 : 1, then South Africa should have gained value to the extent of at least R10bn to justify these trips.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 15:42

      They say R 420 000 per flight, on average, that doesn't mean the flight cost that much, that's just what their expense claims claimed back. So now you know how the ANC elite in government really make all their money ...

  • Kenna - 2012-06-13 15:41

    Eish. 400k a flight? Dafuq is wrong with these people.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 16:15

      That last question will take some time to answer.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-06-13 15:50

    I paid my tax Mr Pres. Your next inflight beverage is on ME ! At least I can afford it.

  • simon.butelezi - 2012-06-13 15:52

    Haai I give up, next our papers are going to write "Zuma decided to buy 2 burgers instead of 1" Then poor South Africas with nothing else to do are going to be whining.... Ja ja... our tax money, he should have bought one burger without a tomato and only eat half of it so that he doesn't have to buy a burger tomorrow. Personally I think our media needs more serious stuff to do like nation building. Let's average the cost of flying across many developing and developed states and we'll see that the flying costs are similar for most heads of states. As one comment stated below: France has 26 Airforce presidential planes and South Africa has only 6 News24, let's find something else to write about.... you stipifying us and causing racial tensions

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-13 16:13

      You don't see any difference between France and SA. Your brothers are starving you idiot, and others are crying our for running water, electricity, housing etc. There are service delivery protests all over the country and you applaud this kind of lavish expenditure. Where the hell have you been?

      Zahir - 2012-06-13 18:32

      @ Kagiso more taxes is not a going to solve things if your govt does not know how to run a country

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-14 01:18

      Simon, the problem is that there are many solutions - but no one in government is prepared to listen - either due to arrogance, or incompetence. We could have been at the forefront of sustainable energy - but because of our infighting, and hidden agendas - we have pretty much missed the boat and have to rely on people from over the seas....sigh, to bring us the technology. Lekker ne? Hate the people within our midst - and allow others to become rich while riding on our backs. We have to take a chill-pill - and work with each other. Watching SABC 1 is an experience in Reverse Apartheid 101. ANC - not all of us watch DSTV. We see your plot for the devious, desperate one it is. I started working in 1987 - I don't see how you could press the fruit of this country before it was ripe - and expect any benefits. Perhaps one in a 1000 has capability to move forward, but will die early for being "clever". Know your own citizenry. Don't deny your culpability and failures. More important: What are YOU and US going to do with the undeducated youth and their multiple children?

  • Johan - 2012-06-13 15:56

    How do you deal with jetlag in cases like this? You haven't even landed and off you go again. No time to rule the country or to take time to seriously consider who the next police commissioner is going to be. Ah well, I know this social worker who did human resources at Transnet, she will do. Next country..........

  • Henk - 2012-06-13 16:01

    Talk about Imperialism....

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-06-13 16:06

    Kgalima montlathe how can you fell in this mess with the crook?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-13 16:15

      It's called living the good life Ngha, the goooooooood life where everything is for mahala when you are spending South Africa's money. The life of the ANC elite, this rooling putty regime that loves living the gooooood life.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-13 17:40

      It's Kgalema not Kgalima, waar kom jy? Eix batho ba, jerrr.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-13 16:17

    It just goes to show that Zuma and his clique do not have the interests of the poor at heart. Remember Champagne Motlanthe in Bloemfontein??? The people will not forget!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-13 16:20

      Taste the champagne through our lips??

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-14 01:30

      One of the worst statements I have ever read. Yet - SA citizens suck it up - not. "You will get to Jeee-sus" through me. Gah! man. Grow up. The Apartheid government kept us in the dark. No chance for your with the Internet. You created this monster - deal with it.

  • kobus.erasmus - 2012-06-13 16:20

    And still the homeless masses keep on voting for the ANC, how many RDP houses could have been built instead ? Viva ANC Viva poverty !

  • Faizal - 2012-06-13 16:20

    I cannot agree or disagree with the statements. We need to have a comparative figure. What does Obama or the Brazillian president spend on flights. We cannot expect the president or vice to fly economy (hehe). So lets not jump up at every single article perceived to be corruption. Lets give the slap in the face to corruption when it is due. Lets judge when ALL the facts are on the table. It cost R4m per flight for the president on average. Who calculated this figure and did it include what? nothing is clear here. I think R4m is alot but there not enough facts to back up my opinion

      ntokozo.a.mbatha - 2012-06-13 17:36

      I fully agree with what u are saying sir, poeple have to turn to be narrow thinkers. The Presidency is expected to use the private and it law that enforces that given the position there are holding. It jz or kgalema who decide on how much flighs should cost, however what they know is that they have to use such available flights provided by the state

  • Faizal - 2012-06-13 16:23

    dammit. my maths was wrong. R420 841 per flight. see my other response