DA to investigate Armscor's VIP jet tender

2016-04-27 13:50

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance on Wednesday expressed its displeasure over a tender issued for the lease of a VIP aircraft by Armscor.

"We believe that such a procurement is wasteful and an insult to poor South Africans," said DA MP Kobus Marais in a statement. 

The tender – posted on the Armscor website last Friday and closing for applications on May 4 – calls for the "lease of an intercontinental VIP Aircraft".

Further tender details from Armscor, the the defence ministry's procurement agency, are not available publicly.  

However, according to the Democratic Alliance, a request for information issued last year "stipulated a luxurious aircraft with an interior that meets VVIP standards and has a range of 5 500 nautical miles non-stop with 18 passengers on-board, or 7 200 nautical miles non-stop with 30 passengers on-board".

Marais said the DA would submit questions to Parliament about various aspects of the tender.

While he classified the craft as destined to be a "new presidential jet", comment from the Presidency to clarify this was not immediately available.

In November last year, controversy arose over reports that a tender was out for a R4bn jet which would be used by President Jacob Zuma. At the time, the Presidency said it would ask the defence department about the alleged planned acquisition.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.