Zuma left Uganda late 'because of meetings', no mention of plane problems

2016-05-13 18:35
President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma said on Friday that he had left Uganda late on Thursday, which was why he missed 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. I then left late."

Zuma's explanation differed from that given by Nomvula Mokonyane, the head of the ANC's election campaign, who 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.

Mokonyane said she hoped the problems experienced by the president would indicate to South Africans the importance of procuring another jet.

"The challenges of the president's plane affected the programme of the ANC because Zuma had to delay his departure from Uganda. All that affected his entire itinerary which he was going to be busy with last night. [These] had to be shifted to today to ensure there was no backlog," she said.

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