Explain VIP jet, asks presidency

2015-11-11 06:00


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THE presidency says the Department of Defence will answer questions about the new VIP jet being procured for President Jacob Zuma, said to cost around R4 billion.

“The presidency has requested information from the Department of Defence with regard to the media reports pertaining to new aircrafts,” it said in a statement on Monday (09/11).

“The presidency has also requested the department to ensure that the public is briefed on the matter as much as possible, but without compromising security.”

The presidency said it should also be noted that aircrafts purchased by the department for the president and deputy president belonged to the state.

Rapport reported this weekend that Armscor, the defence ministry’s procurement agency, is planning to buy President Zuma a new plane that could cost as much as R4 billion.

The published request on the Armscor website’s tender notice board says the aircraft must be able to carry at least 30 passengers and have a range of 13 800 km. This would mean the aircraft must be able to fly to Moscow or New York without landing to refuel.

According to the request, the aircraft must also have a conference room for eight people on board, as well as a private bedroom suite and bathroom.

This news has been met with condemnation, especially from opposition parties such as the DA and the Congress of the People, among others.

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