Zuma must fly SAA permanently - Cope

2016-09-18 11:58
President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma must continue to use South African Airways (SAA) for his international flights, as doing so would cut unnecessary costs, the Congress of the People (Cope) has said.

Cope welcomed the news that Zuma flew SAA to the United States on Saturday, and congratulated the president for promoting the state-owned airline.
"This is a brilliant move in the right direction, and we congratulate Mr Zuma for this," spokesperson Dennis Bloem said in a statement on Sunday.

"Cope hopes that Mr Zuma continues to use SAA because it will also assist government cut unnecessary costs."

The party hoped Zuma would continue to lead by example and cut extravagant government spending.

"It's quite clear that Mr Zuma had enjoyed the flight. In his own words he said he enjoyed the 'excellent hospitality' and had a 'restful and pleasant' journey.

"The country can no longer afford the extravagant lifestyle and it must start with his bloated executive."

Zuma flew to New York City on Saturday, and recommended the national carrier, as the country marks Tourism Month in September, News24 reported.

The Presidency earlier in the week denied claims that Zuma preferred using chartered planes instead of the South African Air Force fleet.

In 2015, Zuma faced intense criticism following reports that R4 billion would be spent on acquiring a new plane for him and his entourage.

It was reported that the luxury jet would also have a conference room, bathroom and private bedroom, and would accommodate 30 passengers.

The purchasing of a new presidential plane is still being discussed in Parliament.

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