Motlanthe 'not in emergency landing'

2011-09-13 08:46

Pretoria - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's private jet did not have to make an emergency landing in New Zealand, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said on Monday.

"On the plane's first scheduled approach to the airport, the pilots noted a warning light suggesting that the there might be something wrong in the plane brakes or tyre," SANDF spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said.

"As a precautionary measure, they decided to miss their first landing slot in order to circle the airport whilst verifying the cause of the warning light.

"As a standard procedure the airport placed the emergency vehicles on standby."

Motlanthe's plane landed safely at the Wellington International Airport on Saturday, said Mabaya.

Second incident

The DA said earlier that this was the second time Motlanthe had been involved in an "emergency landing".

Motlanthe's plane had to make an emergency landing on an unlit runway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2009 after missing a fuel stop, he said.

He had been returning from an African Union summit in Libya.

DA MP David Maynier said it would have been safer and more economical for him to have taken a commercial aircraft rather than a military jet on Saturday.

"We cannot allow the safety of the deputy president to be compromised," he said.

However, the SANDF said it provided the safest air transport for politicians because its pilots were "among the best in the world".

Motlanthe's spokesperson Thabo Masebe said he concluded his visit to New Zealand on Sunday.

During the visit, he met New Zealand prime minister John Key to discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries.

He also met the Springbok team in Wellington to give them moral support ahead of their opening World Cup game against Wales.

He later attended the match, which the Springboks won 17-16.

  • WarDog - 2011-09-13 08:53

    SANDF might have the best pilots in the world but me, I prefer the best maintenance crew in the world since planes pretty much fly themselves these days.

      Felix - 2011-09-13 10:34

      Not the best anti-aircraft gun operators though.

      WarDog - 2011-09-13 11:23

      I know one who is worth his salt but yes, on average (by world standards) I'll have to agree with you. Luckily the African continent and its warlords are not well known for the air to surface combat or strategic bombing ability.

      John - 2012-01-20 20:14

      It is too much to expect Motlnthe and Mabaya to understand you. These ignorants are still Living by proceedure manuals from the DECEASED Soviet Union! Every time Motlanthe speaks to the G20, SA loses 1 MILLION formal jobs! ANC = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying SA since 1957!

  • Shayne - 2011-09-13 09:00

    i hear the emergency was they forgot to put out the landing gear and the tower advised them of this prior to landing.Concern was for the possible dammage to the runway.

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-13 10:16

      That plane is still has a Mainenance Plan... but the ANC have already "BROKEN" it!

  • onthefence - 2011-09-13 09:00

    The in flight movie hadn't finished they circled till it was

      onthefence - 2011-09-13 10:18

      I hear the movie was Top Gun...they had thoughts of buzzing the tower

      Felix - 2011-09-13 10:41

      Apparently they went top side a boeing and gave the pilot 'the bird'.

      onthefence - 2011-09-13 10:46

      Bunch of Maveriks

  • BernieK - 2011-09-13 09:05

    Who cares about this lot.

  • Ian - 2011-09-13 09:07


  • AJ2 - 2011-09-13 09:09

    That does not sound like a productive trip at all, total waste of flying time in a private jet for a rugby game, ahem I mean little meeting at huge expense.

  • Keevus - 2011-09-13 09:10

    I support the suggestion by the DA,its a surprise they did not factor in the costs issue,atleast they are trying to be constructive and supportive this time "We cannot allow the safety of the deputy president to be compromised,"

  • Duncan Gohl - 2011-09-13 09:13

    At 3 million ront for the trip, I hope he wore a very big name tag so the world could see who was SO important!!!

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-13 10:18

      ROFLMAO!! Reminds me of those cartoons by Zapiro of PLUMPY.. Striped Suit, and VERY BIG WATCH....

  • Marcus Westin - 2011-09-13 09:27

    Exactly what bilateral agreements between NZ and SA? Surely NZ does not support the corrupt ANC government. If they do, it is disappointing.

      pragmatism - 2011-09-13 10:08

      I wonder how big your brain is?

      bonkypants - 2011-09-13 10:09

      Business is business...

      daaivark - 2011-09-13 10:28

      Agreements are with the nation, you knuckle, not with a party. Much as some would like to see it so, South Africa and the ANC are NOT the same thing.

  • braamc - 2011-09-13 09:36

    Like everything else, you have to maintain, service and keep things on good order. Actually also don't give a sh%^^&t

  • Stortkraan - 2011-09-13 09:36

    Now we wait for the parasites to buy another $50M Jet with taxpayer money because the current transport is 'unsafe'

  • wishfulthinking - 2011-09-13 09:40

    Oh my, what a coincedence - RWC match and 'meeting' on the same weekend. The ANC really believe we are thick. Where was Zoomas jet? Idiots.

  • BloodRiver - 2011-09-13 09:43

    While the majority of the population live in poverty the DEPUTY president has a private jet? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Darter - 2011-09-13 10:02

      It's not a private jet. It belongs to the SANDF, and is used to transport the president, his deputies, and high ranking air force officials. The very same "private jets" were used pre-1994, when I'm pretty sure most of the population still lived in poverty...

      bonkypants - 2011-09-13 10:11

      @Darter Your facts: not straight.

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-13 10:21

      Dater... not the Brightest Crayon in the Box, now are you? Those are ALL NEW JETS!!!!!!!! SANDF LEASES THEM FOR R800m a year... all 4 of them!!!!! They will NOT use the Pre-1994 jets, because WHITE PEOPLE SAT ON THOSE SEATS!!!!!

      daaivark - 2011-09-13 10:30

      Amsterdammer, please don't talk such sh*t!

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-13 10:46

      Prove me WRONG @ DAAIVARK!

      Darter - 2011-09-13 11:02

      AMSTERDAMMER - Uhm, no. The defence force cancelled the R800m lease agreement for the new jets, and issued new tenders from Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd, SRS Aviation, Fortune Air, Interjet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd and Adoair Maintenance. From Defenceweb.... "21 Squadron currently flies an all-jet VIP fleet consisting of two eight-seat Dassault Falcon 50 acquired second-hand in 1982 and 1985, a single 19-seat Dassault Falcon 900 bought in 1992 and two nine-seat Cessna 550 Citation IIs purchased in 1983. The 18-seat B737-7ED BBJ was delivered in January 2003". There is currently a short term lease to fly the president and deputy around, because of high maintenance costs of the older jets. So before you rant and rave on a public forum, please get your facts straight.

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-13 11:26

      a white person sat in my office chair, do I get a new one?

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-13 11:32

      "Deputy president Kgalema Mthlanthe's private jet did not have to make an emergency landing".... learn to read.

      Darter - 2011-09-13 11:42

      BLOODRIVER. I can read, but at the same time I'm also able to use basic judgement. It's the reporter who used the term "private jet". A reporter who might have passed with a 52% average from Vaal Teck, who knows. Again, all these "private jets" are owned by the SANDF, and operated by 21 Squadron...simple

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-13 12:38

      @Farter and in this case the jet was used to transport a single individual passenger, hence the term "private jet" paid for by the taxpayer. I dont think Obama owns Air Force 0ne, but it is reserved for his use. Get it now?

      Darter - 2011-09-13 12:52

      And the difference being, our "private jets" are rotated between president, deputy, and air force personel, depending on availability. And if you think Motlanthe was sitting in the back all alone chatting on BBM, without any security personel, state personel, legal advisers,etc etc...then what you see in your head is far from reality. A fact that makes it sometimes impractical to use SAA as the DA suggests.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-13 12:57

      @Farter I give up. You are to dense to reason with.

      Darter - 2011-09-13 13:08

      Don't see what is so dense about my statements, but cool. You give up because you have nothing to say. If you're going to criticize someone (i.e the deputy) at least do it fairly and objectively. "Private jets" were being used in the 80's when most people still lived in povery, a point you ignored. It's impractical for a president or deputy to always fly commercial, a point you ignored. But since I'm so extremely dense, let me leave it at that...

  • Darter - 2011-09-13 09:45

    True...the air force still produces some of the best pilots, hence they get poached by private industry and other air forces (namely the Australian air force). Keep up the good work, and dont mind clueless news24 bloggers

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-13 10:26

      Such "GOOD" pilots that a WHOLE SQUADRON OF "ARMS DEAL" JETS ARE PARKING OFF ON THE TARMAC IN PRETORIA???? NO ONE TO FLY THEM.... SANDF sent a LOAD OF THEM TO GERMANY FOR TRAINING.... Germans sent the "NEW PILOTS" PACKING... with a note stating they are UNTRAINABLE!!!! Then the SANDF sent them to SPAIN....thinking they would 'get away with it'... ALSO GOT AN R.T.U..... UNTRAINABLE!!! DATER... go get your FACTS STRAIGHT... you making a real DO OS of yourself with your postings!

      onthefence - 2011-09-13 10:49


      Darter - 2011-09-13 11:27

      AMSTERDAMMER...Wow, where do I start. Uhm...1st of all, Germany and Spain have absolutely nothing to do with the training of our pilots. They DONT operate the Gripen or Hawk trainer at all. I think the countries you were looking for were Sweden and Britain (but you're forgiven). "SANDF sent a LOAD OF THEM TO GERMANY FOR TRAINING" Uhm no, the air force 1st sent 6 core pilots (4 pilots, 1 Navigator and a single test pilot) to undergo training on the Gripen (in Sweden) in 2008. They ALL passed the course, came back and trained a further 4 who passed the course in 2010 (making them the 1st locally qualified group). A further 3 went to Sweden this year, whith local training continuing. And keeping in mind that there are plenty pilots from 85 Combat Flying School on the Hawk trainers, who simply need a conversion course to be qualified onto the Gripen (I don't know if you're taking this all in, or if you need a break to understand and comprehend what I'm saying). So no, the arms deal jets aren't sitting on the tarmac rusting, although the Chief of the Air Force has admitted that the would like to see 2 Squadron get a bit more flight hours. I don't blame you for your incorrect "facts". That's what you get for relying on "broken-telephone" reporting as a basis for your argument. You're forgiven....*happy face*

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-13 13:00

      @Amsterdammer of course they are untrainable, they cant even drive minibus's properly...

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-13 13:10

      (Hands FARTER his NODDY BADGE)

      Buzzbar - 2011-09-13 13:17

      Except for the fact that they only have enough "fuel budget" for 1 hour per pilot per month. This opposed to Europe and USA where the combat pilots fly for between 20 and 25 hours per month.

      Darter - 2011-09-13 13:55

      BUZZBAR...The only reason I'm wasting my time replying to these comments is because I'm somewhat involved (on the engineering side) in this topic. I think you're refering to the Beeld article a year or 2 ago stating that each pilot only had 9 hours a year, or something rediculous like that. I can assure you that it's not that low (take it or leave it). Hawk pilots are constantly getting flight time, with Gripen pilots supplementing any short-falls in flight hours with simulators (short-fall is not as low as you'd think). So no, they aren't getting 1 hour a month. The transport crews on the other hand sometimes have almost "too much" flying time. A crew was sent to Tanzania just yesterday to drop of specialist divers from the navy to help recover bodies...for example

      AJ2 - 2011-09-14 05:22

      @Darter, appreciate you adding in some much needed facts to this story, but with that said and done I still dont know WHY we bought something we DONT need in the first place. There should be no-body that can fly these jets in South Africa, because South Africa just should not have bought them in the first place.

  • SillySod - 2011-09-13 09:55

    Wotchatalkin'? The whole of the ANC is in an 'emergency landing' !

  • Charlton10 - 2011-09-13 10:21

    Who care if this plane landed safely or not!!!!. waste of taxpayer money. Just one passenger, what the F@#$k.

      onthefence - 2011-09-13 10:50

      @charlton...s s I think you dropped those

  • Snow F Lake - 2011-09-13 11:06

    It seems his rented R800m a year private jet, leased from a Nigerian company who would I'm sure would never engage in kick backs, is unsafe for the ANC vice president. I think the South African tax payers should buy him a more expensive jet so he can go watch the rugby in New Zealand.

      Darter - 2011-09-13 11:31

      They never leased those jets...just by the way.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-13 11:24


  • AndV - 2011-09-13 13:08

    Liars! We cannot believe you crooks and warped minded beings. So, appr R 3 Mill to go and watch a rugby match? How on earth can any right-minded being even consider spending so much on a match? How can he live with this wastage of tax-payers money and the tried to justify it? It is shamefull and a disgrace to SAcans.

  • Maco - 2011-09-14 04:41

    As I am sure that the private jet can be landed to the nearest airport or even tiny airport for security reasons.

  • mnikeb - 2012-01-19 11:22

    Safety first the rest will follow!!!

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