Jet move welcomed by political parties

2012-07-06 16:01

Johannesburg - The decision by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula not to purchase a new Boeing 777 jet for President Jacob Zuma was welcomed by political parties on Friday.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson David Maynier said it seemed like former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu initiated a "dodgy process" to purchase the two new jets.

"There was no normal competitive tender process as required by National Treasury regulations and the Public Finance Management Act," he said.

"It is simply wrong to waste billions of rands on new VIP aircraft when so many people in our country are poor."

Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald welcomed the decision because the jet was "totally unnecessary and would have been an extravagant luxury".

"Should a jet have to be purchased in future for the president, it should be affordable, suitable, and not be excessive," Groenewald said.

On Friday, Mapisa-Nqakula told reporters the procurement process was cancelled after the offer to purchase lapsed on 15 June.

A 10 million (about R82m) deposit would be returned in full, the minister added.

The ministry confirmed that there was also an offer from Airbus but that this lapsed two weeks later on 30 June.

The DA asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the procurement of the new jet.

Mapisa-Nqakula said a new procurement process could be expected in the future because there was a need for VIP planes.

Maynier said this could mean that the defence department could push ahead and purchase or lease up to four VIP aircraft in line with the decision taken by Cabinet in 2010.

"President Jacob Zuma has a perfectly adequate existing aircraft... which is in mint condition. We must make do with what we already have," he said.

  • procold2 - 2012-07-06 16:09

    and for the treasury no doubt.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-06 17:02

      I still smell a rat I think the suppliers canceled the deal because of back hands ( industrial arthritis ) and bribery demands - 2012-07-07 02:55

      finally some action kiss my ass Zuma you can travel in a donkey car for all we care, dictator rubbish

  • Christelle - 2012-07-06 16:13

    Dodgy procurement process - never:-) But I dont understand why everybody is rejoicing - the minister said we can expecta new process to purchase - we did not cancel this one - the quote for the new planes expired????

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-07-06 16:13

    When is the Government going to start running the country and serving the people as opposed to themselves ? - 2012-07-17 10:27

      Serving the people who pay their fat salaries isn't on their agenda.

  • Ed - 2012-07-06 16:17

    Well Well, it seems that this caANCer government only responds to pressure treatment, they backed down on e-Trolls, the media bill, the list goes on.Let them use SAA VIP services????

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-06 17:37

      Stop steeling and then buy the planes, there would be enough money for houses and the poor.

  • jeremiah.nkosi - 2012-07-06 16:34

    It seems as if in South Africa we have a culture of buying president planes before they leave the office.What happened to the plane bought for the former president Thabo Mbeki?I think the minister must come clean to this one,I think dirty minds of putting money in some of the untouchables pockets is a prima facie case on this one,the public protector must invistigate!

  • wendy.watson47 - 2012-07-06 16:36

    Now take the R2 billion and spend it on something good for the country - education, road safety, health, housing....... If we had it to spend, we should spend it on something worth while.

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-06 17:22

    Jacob Zuma, Shabir Shaik and Julius Malema are flying on the Presidential jet to a gathering in Cape Town when Shaik turns to Zuma and says, chuckling, 'You know, I could throw a R1000 note out the window right now and make someone very happy .' Zuma shrugs and replies, 'Well, I could throw ten R100 notes out the window and make ten people happy.' Not to be outdone, Malema says, 'Well I could throw a hundred R10 notes out the window and make a hundred people happy.' The pilot rolls his eyes and says to his co-pilot, 'Such arrogant jerks back there. Heck, I could throw all three of them out the window and make 52 million people happy.'

  • leon.rossouw.980 - 2012-10-24 17:20

    well done

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