No problem with Zuma's jet – Presidency

2016-05-13 20:42
President Jacob Zuma is pictured arriving in Algiers with his jet in the background. (Sidali Djarbhoub, AP)

President Jacob Zuma is pictured arriving in Algiers with his jet in the background. (Sidali Djarbhoub, AP)

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Pretoria – There was no problem with President Jacob Zuma's plane while he was in Uganda and he landed in the country on time, the Presidency said on Friday.

This comes after ANC head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane told Soshanguve residents that Zuma missed his door-to-door visit in the area because his plane gave him problems and he could not arrive back in the country on time.

"The president's plane, Inkwazi, did not experience any technical problems during the visit to Uganda and it landed on time," spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga told News24.

"The Presidency has updated Minister Nomvula Mokonyane in this regard as she was initially of the view that there had been technical problems."

Residents were left disappointed when they heard Zuma would no longer be visiting. Many of them had woken up early and gathered before 8am hoping to see Zuma.

Mokonyane told disappointed supporters in Soshanguve that Zuma had arrived in South Africa only in the early hours of Friday morning and that he had important meetings to attend, including one with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

"The government jet was unable to depart in Uganda," she said in Sotho, adding that the plane would not start.

Ngqulunga said the reason for President Zuma's late arrival in Soshanguve was because he was held up in long-standing government meetings that could not be postponed at short notice. He confirmed the meeting with Mogoeng.

"One of the meetings was a consultation with Honourable Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng over the recommendations by the Judicial Service Commission for the appointment of judges to different courts. It is established practice that the president and the chief justice consult after the JSC's recommendations," he said.

Addressing residents of Winterveldt, north of Pretoria, Zuma said he left Uganda late on Thursday night which led to him missing his morning engagement with Soshanguve residents.

"I was not here last night. I arrived in the early hours of today," he told residents of Winterveldt.

"I was in Uganda where they were inaugurating the president. I left late because there were many other leaders who wanted us to talk," he said.

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