Zuma jet deal won't go ahead

2012-07-06 12:15

Johannesburg - The proposed R2bn purchase of a new Boeing 777 jet for President Jacob Zuma will not go ahead, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says.

Speaking at a media conference on Friday morning, she said the procurement process has been cancelled after the offer to purchase lapsed on 15 June.

The $10m deposit will be paid back in full.

She added that a new procurement process will be embarked upon in the future, as there was a need for VIP planes.

The jet would have cost $150m (about R1.26bn) and an extra $80m (about R672.5m) to reconfigure, according to reports.

More to follow.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-07-06 12:20

    At last someone has come to their senses - power to the people.

      david.b.mcfarlane - 2012-07-06 12:32

      He's supposed to be promoting Africanism. Get him a donkey cart.

      Henri - 2012-07-06 12:35

      how much money was spent on this dream, get that money refunded from the prezzies personal account to which we paid for in anyways !!!!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-07-06 12:37

      Excellent news - now spend that money on the poor - the ones you think about every morning when you wake up. Give them proper services and housing!!!!

      peter.ndamase - 2012-07-06 12:40

      If there was no Mangaung this year, the deal would have gone through. Zuma remains an arse!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 12:45

      'She added that a new procurement process will be embarked upon in the future, as there was a need for VIP planes.' This extravagance is not over ..... back handers are being picked up all over the show.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-06 12:56

      Now find out who would have made money out of the deal!

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-06 13:20

      We, the people, can now tick off THREE successes against this TIRED Regime: 1. The E-Toll Saga 2. Non-Delivery of Text Books 3. The purchase of 2 LUXURY jets Bit by bit this sad excuse for a Government is falling apart......

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-06 13:24

      Unfortunately the stadiums(stadia) were just pie in the sky as going concerns.

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-07-06 13:26

      @Xavier, don't pour that Bells just yet mate, the E-Tolls and the Jets are only on hold and the books are not yet delivered.

      mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-07-06 13:47

      You sure the rate this shower head of a bannana republic is going he probably has cancelled it for a A380 double decker airbus to fit in all the wives , kids, and extended hangers on . total joke in this one party state DICtatorship.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-06 14:51

      Isn't it amazing how most african presidents fit into the same groove? Bokassa, Mobutu, Mugabe (he annihilated his airline, LOL!), Idi Amin etc. Zuma was testing the waters relying on the stupidity of the electorate.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-06 16:23

      Yes gerhard, the great unwashed, but he and madam sisulu forgot we are watching!

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-07-06 12:21

    he needs a chicken tied to each arm and thrown off a cliff ( Hen-gliding)

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-06 12:27


      michael.digby.9 - 2012-07-06 12:40

      But what about the poor chikens??? No need for them to die as well.

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-07-06 13:07

      the chickens will be given to KFC afterwards and served at the next ANC conference

      nigel.hamilton.982 - 2012-07-06 13:09

      as opposed to budgie jumping?

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-06 13:21

      And the Hawks?

      delia.naude - 2012-07-06 13:41

      Excellent! Thanks a mil for a good laugh! You guys just made my Friday...

      pisciotta - 2012-07-06 14:59

      Tie his wives to him and let their hats catch the wind. Ooppps I forgot about their tail feathers.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-07-06 12:21

    Ya Mr President... its all systems go until the public find out hey! Knob!

      rontheogre - 2012-07-06 12:39

      The government were offered a "stealth aircraft" and they thought it means buying an aircraft in secret ;)

      rory.audie - 2012-07-06 12:49

      Eeyes, just pay the the 10 Million deposit back into the account of xxxxxxxxx. Sharp!

  • citizen.kane.35 - 2012-07-06 12:21

    whats the catch, will he be buying from Airbus instead...

      comurray - 2012-07-06 13:00

      Yes, probably the next one will be the Airbus A380 so he can take his whole family including the multitude of kids on a shopping spree in New York for starters.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-07-06 12:21

    People Power at it's best :)

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-06 13:24

      Yup @lebogang - the day is coming when we will all be PROUD of being South Africans together again! People Power - not Politicians Plundering

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-06 12:22

    Halleluja, Glory be to God. He heared our prayers that we are being held into ransom by a man who calls himself a leader and that he cares. Now lets sort out the Edusolution saga where jacob is linked to.

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-06 12:34

      She added that a new procurement process will be embarked upon in the future, as there was a need for VIP planes.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-06 13:02

      I agree. Good news. However, I would still like to know why with all our serious problems in SA was this going to go ahead in the first place? Why was it cancelled only after we found out about it and made a big noise?

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-07-06 12:22

    Someone wings have been clipped....

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-06 12:25

    oh no! I am going to lie in bed at night and wory myself to death about this!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 13:10

      If you were one of the number of beneficiaries who stood to gain from this mindless deal, you might well be now having sleepless nights Patrick.

  • Michael - 2012-07-06 12:25

    Boeing engineers were unable to include a chimney for the primus

  • colline.maule - 2012-07-06 12:26

    A need for VIP planes? really?? there's a need for economic stability in our country and hospitals and schools that work!!!!!

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-07-06 12:26

    EXCELLENT NEWS! Power to the PEOPLE of SA, not to the blerry cANCer!

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-06 12:35

      She added that a new procurement process will be embarked upon in the future, as there was a need for VIP planes.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-06 13:07

      New proclamation to come??!! The plane will be downsized to a small jumbo that can only carry 200 people! Life can be tough in the fast lane!

  • gershon.hutchinson - 2012-07-06 12:26

    He doesn't look to happy, Hopefully he won't raise the petrol price in revenge.

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-06 12:26

    Awwww shoot!!!! The schools in Limpopo wont get text-books again next year... no jet to deliver it.

  • matthew.healing - 2012-07-06 12:27

    Two months from now the headline will be: 'Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula: PSYCHE!'

  • UncleShep - 2012-07-06 12:27

    people power they call it?......But c'mon guys we need a VIP jet for our President neh?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-06 13:07

      Not whilst millions need homes, jobs, decent food.......

  • TheRealWitblitz - 2012-07-06 12:30

    What's wrong? Boeing doesn't serve fried chicken on their aircraft?

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-06 14:31

      No - they serve Nandos......

  • Freedom - 2012-07-06 12:30

    a VIP jet is need.. Bulldust they can use that cash for better things. Its not like the wing of the other plane is falling off.. I AM TIRED OF THE DEVIL RUNNING OUR COUNTRY INTO THE GROUND. BECOZ OF HIM I AM UNEMPLOYED!!!

  • breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-07-06 12:30

    There is no need for VIP plains, we have SAA! Use that money to pay the debts for the upgrades on the roads! It is this type of government behavior that got Greece into trouble. Let's not repeat it in Africa!

  • jackson.harrison.752 - 2012-07-06 12:33

    But the day after the elections it will go ahead, especially when shower head wins a second term, a gift from shower head to shower head

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-06 12:33

    "She added that a new procurement process will be embarked upon in the future, as there was a need for VIP planes." IOW - it will be bought after the election.

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-07-06 13:38

      It's being delayed, not "cancelled". So many Billions, so little time :-)

  • gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-07-06 12:34

    What a pity for all the poor residents in their shacks near OR Tambo in Daveyton, Tembisa and Kwathema townships? I'm sure they were all just dying to wave "bucket of water in hand' to the Pres Jet flying over as they prepare samp and chicken feet for dinner

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-06 12:34

    Worried at not being re-elected this year hey Mr Zuma....but be that as it may, I don't think you will. New jet? NOT! There is nothing wrong with your old one. Boeings last 20 years when used commercially. Yours have not nearly the W&T a commercial jet has.

  • Marius - 2012-07-06 12:35

    Yeah right. Wait till after Mangaung then Zoompie will zoom around in his Boeing 777.

  • Templar - 2012-07-06 12:36

    The people have spoken.

  • kmaruma - 2012-07-06 12:37

    What's next is for him to vacate his position From parliament to prison

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-06 12:52

      He may have it in mind to vacate - for an indemnity

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-06 12:38

    I think this was just another ploy to score points by letting the public feel they have a say in how things are run/done albeit here and there .

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-06 13:09

      True. One thing about the ANC is that they will always have the last word, not the people.

  • sifiso.wisey - 2012-07-06 12:38

    President or not, he must use SAA. Spend the money needy people

  • michael.m.rauch - 2012-07-06 12:41

    wonder how the white man will be blamed for this one :)

  • ben.rootman.3 - 2012-07-06 12:41

    Good decision!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-06 12:42

    To the fool 'Pridie Makoya Mnguni?' who don't have a problem buying HIS president a Boeing - so you don't have a problem with the fact that millions of your brothers and sisters still live in shacks without electricity or running water. I take it you live in one of the more affluent suburbs than?

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-06 12:45

    I NEED A VIP PLANE AS WELL. MR.PRESIDENT, HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING INTO THE QUE? Ooops! That damn caps lock got hit, got be careful about that it looks like I am shouting! PS: Don't forget to vote DA.

  • karin.schoeman.9 - 2012-07-06 12:46

    BS, our past ministers and presidents have never had the "need" for a VIP jet, why does Zuma "need" one? If you ask me it is more a want than a need situation. Stop wasting our taxp[ayers moeny and rather spend it wisely where it is really needed.

  • marc.rule - 2012-07-06 12:47

    GOOD now spend the money on the ROADS.

  • anton.cameron.muller - 2012-07-06 12:47

    So they have found a pricier Jet & re-start negotiations as we speak...

  • matase.rathepye - 2012-07-06 12:47

    i woda what i can do with 2000 mil? buy a jet or build a city

  • comurray - 2012-07-06 12:50

    What happened, good news for once.

  • sngcobo2 - 2012-07-06 12:50

    that good news \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nthat very good nd i wish nd hope they won't succeed infuture we are tiered of these people wasting our taxi payers money for their luxuries where as we are starving mxm

  • - 2012-07-06 12:51

    Oh thank u for hearing our cries, I can now breathe a relief breath. NOW use the money of the people for the people plz

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-06 12:56

    I can bet my seven rands in the pocket that this deal would have gone ahead had the secrecy bill been law in this country. All protocols observed, however , the defence department must ensure and gurantee the teritorial integrity of the republic,this includes the travel and security thereof of the head of state. I support the procurement of this boeng, i may need it in 2019

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-06 12:58

      It just goes to show what a thief we got amongst us.

  • sibongilesarah.maseko - 2012-07-06 13:02

    Yipppeeee; just what I've been praying for. God does answer prayer; Hallelujah. Now this money will go towards building schools, hospitals, clinics, I declare!!

      had.enuf.1 - 2012-07-06 13:06

      I've got some bad news for you - the money is going to go towards paying for all those people in various departments that are suspended WITH pay, it's going to go towards more mayoral Range Rover Sports cars or BMW X5, etc, etc., it's not going to go towards health and education where it should be going !

      Leon Coe - 2012-07-06 13:18

      Dream on. These Goons will spend it on themselves and have another ANC party. Useless bunch of Bastards!

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-07-06 13:24

      News flash, he will still be getting a new boeing as their fleet needs to be replaced, all that has just happened is that the procurment time has lapsed therefor they have to start everything again from the beginning.

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-07-06 13:28

      News flash, he will still be getting a new boeing as their fleet needs to be replaced, all that has just happened is that the procurment time has lapsed therefor they have to start everything again from the beginning. So if u think they going to use that money on other things you should think again. In the 18 yrs that they have been in power no school, hospital or jail has been built....

  • unlimited.A - 2012-07-06 13:02

    thanks to this good news he's so useless to even derseve govt must put that money into good use... Our ppls needs education funds nd he's busy comparing himself with Obama....

  • Phelisa - 2012-07-06 13:04

    well thanx 4 finally listening to us South Africans!!!

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-07-06 13:36

      Actually they haven't , president will still be getting a boeing, all that has just happened is that the procurment time has lapsed for the sale so therefor they have to start everything again from the beginning.

  • andrew.mckenzie.566 - 2012-07-06 13:04

    Good its stopped. someone think there is a need for these in the future. There isn't! Not now, not ever!

  • rawalf - 2012-07-06 13:06

    FEED The People of South Africa and give them homes that thet so badly need and stop spending money on expensive unneccessary things. PLEASE look after your PEOPLE !!!

  • wtheka - 2012-07-06 13:08

    Dat was too much atleast,,,,

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-07-06 13:33

      Think again...News flash, he will still be getting a new boeing as their fleet needs to be replaced, all that has just happened is that the procurment time has lapsed therefor they have to start everything again from the beginning.

  • ringetadaniel.mashimbye - 2012-07-06 13:12

    Nice picture for Zuma.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-06 13:12

    Get Zuma a nice donkey with a leather drapped wagon and see that he has a 5 litre jet fuel with him and a stick ( Kierrie ) with a round sponge fixed on the end of the kierrie so if he wants jet speed all he need to do is dip the spong in the ject feul stick it up the donkes poepsak and the donkey will pick immediate speed twice as fast as light.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-06 13:14

    Hope some RDP houses will go up with that $10 million repayment and not go in their pockets for conferences and talk shows

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-07-06 13:58

      I'm sorry, did you mean VIP houses?

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-06 13:14

    Sounds fishy , I get the tender process was compromised ! Damn the man.

  • johannes.modise2 - 2012-07-06 13:15

    zuma must resign