Govt still splashing out on private jets

2012-10-24 08:52

Johannesburg - Government is still spending taxpayers’ money on leasing private jets for top officials.

It was revealed by Eyewitness News that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and his partner flew to Italy on an official visit earlier this month aboard a Boeing 727.

The news agency has repeatedly revealed how tens of millions of rands was spent on travel for government officials when an adequate air force fleet was available.

A photograph on a government website showed Motlanthe and his partner leaving the plane.

The plane is owned by ANC supporter and arms dealer Ivor Ichikowitz and is the same as the one the president used in his controversial trip to the UN last year.

  • sharon.ackerman.77 - 2012-10-24 09:12

    Another "I owe you" that needs settling. He probably supplied the arms for the armed struggle.

      camp.j - 2012-10-24 09:23

      Its called blatant disrespect to the tax paying citizen. Its almost like the do it intentionally to say \we'll do whatever we like\ I still believe there will come a day when it all catches up with them. We continue living in hope :)

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-10-24 09:31

      And this is our other potential president, quietly milking the public coffers. just the same as all the other snout-in-trough specialists. Time for a complete clean sweep to get rid of all this scum and bring in a government that serves the public rather than the public serving them.

      davy.crockett.5209 - 2012-10-24 09:31

      Before the conspiracy theorists come out in droves, everyone should all stop and take in teh facts. I think that you will find that it was an official visit that fully merited the mode of transportation that was procured along the official channels. Hence this should not even be in the news since it is normal practice throughout the world.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-24 09:51

      alicia, there is not a day goes by that this government doesn't make me want to vomit, they are beyond any sort of comprehension, it takes a special sort of person, or in this case people, that can waste so much tax payers money whilst the very people that voted them into power are without even the basics in life, not even a basic education, how do they sleep at night.

      Vince.York - 2012-10-24 10:19

      Scratch just to the left shoulder and little lower ahhhhhhhhhh! Is zuma to be "impeached" as demanded by Lekota - taking this entire gravy spattered team along with him?

      craig.f.stuart - 2012-10-24 11:00

      You know the old saying "What goes around Comes around" Karma is a fother Mucker.

      pdvermaak - 2012-10-24 11:49

      Now come on SA taxpayer, you know the drill, bend forward, hold tight on to the ancle, O YE, by the way, stay like that, we(ANC) will be right back, in the mean time my chommie will have his way with you.

      heathway.master - 2012-10-24 14:35

      This is straight after they call for a freezing of all salaries in SA. What unabridged hypocrisy. Further to the comment further up, this is an up yours to the taxpaying public, to show them that Government ministers can do exactly what they like with not the slightest bit of accountability. Zuma was attacked severely in Parliament recently for his spending approx 210 million of tax payers money on his Nkandla sun city project. The absolutely imbecile of a president retorted that it was not his fault at all, as the public works department authorised and issued the money. The famous saying of American Presidents is that the buck stops at this desk. ie They are totally accountable for all decisions they make. What a circus our Government has finally become. All this lavish wasteful spending, and a country run by a complete incompetent, but the same feels he is assured of a second term in office. Viva the rest of Africa with its tin pot Presidents.

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-10-24 16:42

      Do you think a person with a face like that cares a damn. These anc clowns only do what they do because there is no real threat to them from their backward electorate. you need an IQ of an idiot to vote for these crooks.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-24 09:18

    No wonder they (the ANC) wants to pass secrecy bills to keep the people in the dark from finding out just how nice the gravy train really is :(

      Juan - 2012-10-24 12:05

      Yip then they can raid the coffers with impunity while preaching to the people that pay for their lavish lifestyles about inequality. The people make me sick

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-24 09:18

    More corruption and thievery! What a douchebag!

  • Jeremy - 2012-10-24 09:20

    When the government realises it has to lead from the front and cut it's own spending and blatant waste, then I might be just a little more inclined to pay toll fees and more massive proposed electricity price increases. But right now, the government seems intent on killing the goose that lays the golden eggs - namely the small percentage of us who actually pay taxes - and my feelingm increasingly, is that they can go to hell!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-10-24 09:21

    Do these twits really think they are that important, and I wonder if the sheep living without service will ever wise up to these thieves (rhetorical question). Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - the rape continues.

  • marc.ross.965 - 2012-10-24 09:22

    Reminds me of the saying ' when pigs can fly". Well now they do.

  • Willie - 2012-10-24 09:22

    This crop of leaders lost touch with the present economic turmoil around the world

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-10-24 09:32

      No they haven't lost touch, they just don't give a damn, as long as there is enough for them to live in the lap of luxury the poor of the country can go take a flying f*^k at a rolling doughnut. These sorry excuses for "Leaders" feel absolutly no shame about their excesses

      maria.ferreira1234 - 2012-10-24 09:53

      They live for today. They do not care about tomorrow...... (Always has been and always will be.)

  • mike.clery - 2012-10-24 09:23

    It never ends.

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-24 09:23

    Idiots and the SCUM of South Africa. They have no sence of responsibility, it is not their money, so why worry!

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-10-24 09:25

    The only struggle in this country was for a seat on the gravyplane!

  • dewalds3 - 2012-10-24 09:26

    We live in Absurdistan! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?

  • thomas.g.loeser - 2012-10-24 09:27

    It is commonly known as a F / U. and I am above everyone else. I worked for it and it is owed to me?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-24 11:47

      Worked for it???? NEVER!

  • yaschoeman - 2012-10-24 09:28

    Until the day we don't stand up and do something, this is not going to end...

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-24 09:32

    the ANC is fast becoming like their Zim counterparts, they rubbed the magic tax lamp in 1994 and out popped the Genie and he said thank you for freeing me you may have as many wishes as you want all they're concerned with now - is hiding all the thievery behind draconian laws. APART HATE aint dead it's just under new management. F U JZ

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-24 09:33

    All of them are corrupt!!!!

  • patrick.hlatswayo - 2012-10-24 09:34

    As black person I feel like we are stuck. We don't want this corrupt ANC anymore but its difficult to trust Madam. Lord give us wisdom because we are suffering from our own black-led government

      stanton.clarke - 2012-10-24 09:41

      Patrick, please, you need to drop the white black attitude. Its going to keep us from moving forward as long as you still think this way.

      demi.cooke.7 - 2012-10-24 09:44

      Give it a break Stanton, patrick is saying it like it is, not at a racial angle

      harald.voney - 2012-10-24 10:44

      Patrick, the problem with most ANC supporters is that they get fed up, and then Don't vote. That's no good, because they still keep up their majority. The best thing to do is get an ANC voter to change his vote, that makes the biggest change... And as for zille, check her history, you'll be surprised about her struggle credentials...

      rontheogre - 2012-10-24 11:24

      Patric, you don't have to vote DA or ANC. Do some research on the other parties and their leaders who are still receptive to input from the common man. If some of the smaller parties get more support, the ANC will re-think whatever they have thought thus far(if at all), and you will also have more input in smaller parties that realise they are accountable to the voter.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-24 11:27

      That is understandable, but "Madam" helped expose what happened to Steve Biko, she is trustworthy. You need to look at what she promises and what she has done. She is not perfect. She is human and also makes mistakes. But she has done a lot for this country. Fact is, apartheid WILL NEVER happen again. Sure there are a few racists out there, but the majority of people do not want things to be how it was. This is our country, all colours, all cultures. We need to start voting people into power that actually care and do what they say they will do. It is not black people in government that is f**king things up... it is greedy, cowardly, thieving, STUPID people that are.

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-24 12:02

      Come nxt elections, i will vote for change, but i can assure you that change z faaaaaaaaaaar from me voting for the ANC, but so cloooooooose if i vote for DA, yes i said it!

      patrick.hlatswayo - 2012-10-24 12:57

      I feel like its only DA that can deliver us from this corrupt incompetent "Leaders". I almost thought Montlante was the right man but I see there is no future at ANC anymore. It died in Mbeki's second term and change is the only thing that can save us

      stanton.clarke - 2012-10-24 14:41

      Demi, referring to "The Madam" is a racial angle.

      anathi.matika - 2012-10-24 14:55

      @Patrick, Bongile. It's people like us who can bring this change faster than a Spear. If we can get more blacks to put this black/white party crap behind and start looking @ better options than the cANCer, then we will have a better united nation working for a brighter future.

      cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-10-24 22:45

      Thank you guys, I now have hope :-)

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-24 09:35

    Manage your tax affairs in such a way as to minimise your "gift" to these ANC thieves.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-24 09:37

    The chosen few living it up whilst their own people suffer and blame the Whites for their suffering.

  • luthando.ncoyini - 2012-10-24 09:38

    To be honest I do not see anyone in the ANC whom I can trust my vote with, to me it looks like they are all looking to enrich themselves, as they only think about the poor when the elections are around the corner, and after that they 4get about them. They are a bunch of the same bag. I think we need to give others a chance, 18 years is a lot. Let us vote wisely next time.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-24 09:58

      Exactly Janine. The thought that this raping of the country by the ANC will continue just because of 'fear' of the votas to vote for another party is just crazy. No one in SA, Whites included, wants to see Apartheid return, and we will simply would not tolerate any such inclination. After all, it's the majority of Whites that voted for change in the Referendum.

      Anathi Matika - 2012-10-24 10:12

      I'm with you my broer. Our wisely made vote will bring change.

      esrom.sandy - 2012-10-24 10:43

      Hey u lost sheep luthando its de same people dey just change de name dey r de one who made what we r 2day dey failed us african in our own country not even allow us 2 get proper education u name it dey even killed our brothers n sisters now dey crying foul play

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-24 11:29

      Ah it is wonderful seeing that there are awesome people in this country with open minds, that think about things from all angles.

  • tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-10-24 09:39

    What this country needs is for the leader of the DA to be black, the majority of this country will never trust a white leader again. Helen you are wasting your time, now is the moment to step down and nominate a new leader to try and take this country forward.

  • smahlaba - 2012-10-24 09:41

    Stories on News24 are so lame and boring and so predictable. They are just pushing a certain agenda.

      demi.cooke.7 - 2012-10-24 09:59

      and yet you keep reading and commenting on them

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-24 10:06

      I've noticed that ther are various news sections on news24, namely sports, world, africa, business etc. I suggest you read the Daily Sun if you have an appetite for something different.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-24 10:24

      Read Superman Comics - or Madam & Eve :-)

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-24 11:33

      So lame and boring, yet you still comment on it....?

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-24 09:43

    No point even in reading these articles or replying to them coz we are screwed.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-24 11:35

      If you actually opened up your mind, you would see that there are many people that are ready for change. The future is not set in stone.

  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-10-24 09:49

    This how they use money that could have helped poor people! And then they want these poor people to vote for them? Shocking,wake up!!!

      esrom.sandy - 2012-10-24 10:26

      U thinking of de poor ziyashintsha izinto

  • Tokzik - 2012-10-24 09:51

    "Splashing" is really not substantiated here... Can't commend rubbish reporting. Whatever happened to integrity...

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-24 09:55

    Pravin Gordhan, do the people of South Africa have a valid reason to stop paying taxes until this wastage stops?

  • helmut.smrz - 2012-10-24 09:57

    The day is coming when there will drown in there own blood

      esrom.sandy - 2012-10-24 10:17

      It happened 2 pik n pw's

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-10-24 09:57

    it is not motlhanthe's fault i realy think dat ZUMA and finance minister can be on de better positions to answer dat.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-10-24 09:58

    it is not motlhanthe's fault i realy think dat ZUMA and finance minister can be on de better positions to answer dat.

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-24 10:04

    Zuma's mate? Arms dealer? ANC supporter? It sounds all too fishy...

  • hydronamix.airtowater - 2012-10-24 10:05

    Oh How nice is the gravy plain...

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-24 10:05

    And the hits just keep on coming..... Financial crisis? Not for the ANC, they still living the good life while tax paying people who are struggling face retrenchment end October... And Motlanthe could be our next Prez Omg - It's just gonna get worse...they really just dont care do they.. ANC = African Corruption Embarrassment

  • Michael - 2012-10-24 10:06

    Its DA fault, they made noise when defence minister wanted to buy a suitable plane for presidency, so you white DA supporters must shut the F* up, how can deputy president travel with 200 delegation to official busines trip.

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-24 10:25

      Kenny - Michael the idiot is making a comment on a laptop he stole, he will never understand how badly he is being conned by the ANC- don't waste your breath on brain dead people like him

      croix.mactee - 2012-10-24 10:30

      How representative is this "entourage" (of 200 strong?) of our WHOLE POPULATION? Only loyal ANC 'buddies' are invited along - yet the tax to fund this flight comes from all of us. If you find that acceptable, you are nothing but a RACIST with his head up the ANC's r&ctum! One more thing: Any trip can be cloaked in OFFICIALDOM. Shush!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-24 10:30

      We won't shut the F*up. We will shout at the tops of our voices and expose your corrupt ANC government at every opportunity.

      butch.poulter - 2012-10-24 10:36

      Ask the New Zealand and Australian officials how they travel before making stupid comments you moron

      Michael - 2012-10-24 11:50

      DA will not be allowed to run government from a shadow position, you whole lot were up in arms when the defence department wanted purchase the aircraft for presidency, that would not be Zuma own plane, it would be a state plane that Zille can use also the day she become president as you so wish, you objected that, so please dont complain if a private jet is to be hired.

  • hydronamix.airtowater - 2012-10-24 10:08

    Funny how soft hardened communist can become. "All for the people, equal opportunities, give to the people!!!!!! " Till they are in power themselves. "Scr@w the people. I am now the people, everyone for him selves" Typical corrupt politician mentality

  • Kalari - 2012-10-24 10:11

    Direct investment in SA dropped 43% in the first 6 months in spite of all these visits. Europeans see these anc cadres for what they are. Just having a fun trip to the "despised" white Europe. Hypocrites. white Europe

      oliphant.mzolisi - 2012-10-24 21:17

      Did u look at yurself in the mirror b 4 u posted yur comment,i think u should shame on u.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-24 10:13


  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-24 10:14

    Now lets assume the madam

  • Siegeknives - 2012-10-24 10:19

    Lets put this in perspective. These guys waste millions on private aircraft for trips across the globe. I don't even have a cent to spend on a train ticket to cross the city... and I do work for a living. Equality my ass. I could understand a few thousand rand, but millions! seriously! Guys, wake up and smell economy class.

  • david.wolpert.39 - 2012-10-24 10:20

    This is an ANC sickness-their greed and disrespect for taxpayers as well as the poor is bizarre. Could SA have had a worse government than the one that is totally destroying the country? I dont think so.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-24 10:29

      True. But this is what the people want for some unknown reason, and so, it's what they'll get.

      Tebogo - 2012-10-24 11:17

      He is a Deputy President. Make no mistake I am against missuse of state funds. But tell me, which countries deputy president flies comercial? If government buys him a plane than u guys will be bitching again!!! Botha's Deputy's flew private!!

      Kalari - 2012-10-24 11:34

      Tebogo other countries citizens are not starving or living on goverment payouts. That makes things different is'nt it?

      oliphant.mzolisi - 2012-10-24 21:13

      You son of the people that have killed many of our freedom fighters,apartheid was cruel our goverment is not like it and it will never b,im sore u ar speaking as the benefitially of apartheid he went on a govrment trip not personal matters news 24 is not puting it clear to u the millions they ar reffering its not 4 one trip of the Deputy President its 4 other dptm 2 dont b used by capitalist who ar pushing their own agenda.

  • Siegeknives - 2012-10-24 10:23

    Lets put this in perspective. These guys waste millions on private aircraft for trips across the globe. I don't even have a cent to spend on a train ticket to cross the city... and I do work for a living. Equality my ass. I could understand a few thousand rand, but millions! Do these people ever learn from the mistakes of others?

  • msophiasharp - 2012-10-24 10:27

    Wonderful Media24 - now I am also being hit/targeted with my posting(s) being deleted - was my comments too close to the truth??

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-24 10:33

    People are slowly starting to realize that this country is not a democracy in anything other than name, and that the ANC does what it wants and no-one has any say in the matter, you get what you voted for.

  • deejayswiss.p - 2012-10-24 10:37

    Lot of cash is being spent on de iron futureless metals while de economy is declining

  • harald.voney - 2012-10-24 10:38

    F$&?ing unbelievable !! And the rest of us taxpayers struggle to survive!!! Wtf is the plan??

  • long.tom.509 - 2012-10-24 10:47

    Da big boss must fly in da big plane,just one of the fringe benefits for hard work and leadership!

      petrus.strauss.1 - 2012-10-24 10:50

      What leadership?

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-24 12:42

      What hard work, unless you count figuring ways of wasting the honest tax payers money hard work.

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-24 10:49

    why complain????? it's your government you voted for it and you will continue voting for ANC with FULL CONFIDENCE ...

  • craig.f.stuart - 2012-10-24 11:03

    You know the old saying "what goes around Comes around " Karma is a fother mucker.

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-10-24 11:16

    i am not disagrn with wht news 24 wrote, the media has a lot of impact on the community..nd i thnk they kinda miss using it...all they do is make our leaders look bad in our eyes!!!nd yet cs they too are useless we blve everything we see on news24 etc....***

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-10-25 06:49

      crazy person

  • jeanpierre.pienaar.7 - 2012-10-24 11:21

    Is mos

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-24 11:26

    Yep, just another CancER guy..and they want to support him to be the next president??

  • oliphant.mzolisi - 2012-10-24 18:11

    It is clear now that news24 is on the DA porkert to potray and label the ANC lead goverment,if u ar not singing their song they will delete yur comment,they want only people who will comment badly about the goverment officials it is clear they ar victimising those that deffend the goverment position how shorking and shamefull of news 24 it was my first time yesterday 2 comment but i picked it up that they have an agenda.

      rayno.grever - 2012-10-25 06:38

      Oliphant, there is no conspiracy. If the ANC stopped with their cr@p there would be no cr@p for news24 to report. I remember news24 exposing a DA MP for having porn on his laptop sometime ago. Do you still think there is an agenda? If so, why would they report on DA officials too. We the people have a right to know how the govt spends money. A right the ANC tried to take away with the controversial info bill. Stop looking for agendas and read the news with an open mind. Don't be deceived

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-10-25 06:45

      maybe its because ur talkin rubbish again as u usually do u liar

      oliphant.mzolisi - 2012-10-25 06:49

      It is very sad that u do not even understand what u have posted,there is a big defference btwn porn and coruption they ar only writing on small issues about DA porn is a miner issue,we have a right to know if people ar using the taxpayers money for personal gain like Zuma,Kgalema went for anofficial trip and the millions refered to ar not for a one day trip as put by news24 who is fooling whom,wake up and smell the coffe boeta.

      rayno.grever - 2012-10-25 07:08

      Lol, so who wanted the info bill: DA or ANC? The ANC wants to keep you in the dark Just like the old apartheid NP did with their secrecy. I find it funny how people don't realize that the old racist NP has joined the ANC. Yet they see the DA as the enemy. The real enemy (NP) is in your camp boetie. I am wide awake, not so sure about you though