AG probes Zuma shadow planes

2012-02-21 22:10

Johannesburg - The auditor general's office will look into the shadow plane saga around President Jacob Zuma's trip to the United States earlier this year, an official confirmed on Tuesday.

"Yes, the AG will be covering this aspect... It will not be a special investigation as such, but will form part of the normal regularity audit," spokesperson Jeanny Morulane said.

She was confirming a statement issued by the opposition Democratic Alliance on Monday that the AG had decided to investigate the cost of "shadowing" Zuma's Boeing business jet by two backup aircraft - an SA Airways Airbus A340 and a Bombadier Global Express XRS in January.

DA MP David Maynier had earlier written to the AG's office to request a probe.

The defence ministry initially denied reports the planes had followed Zuma into New York. It said the Bombardier only flew halfway and landed in the Canary Islands.

The SA Air Force later admitted the plane that had shadowed Zuma had done so to ensure the president did not miss a United Nations meeting.

  • Godfrey - 2012-02-21 22:19

    How sad, it will only produce the normal AG report and cabinet will discuss it and thats that.

      luytster - 2012-02-21 23:24

      Thats why i am coming back from exile to fight them. To inform all my ignorant brothers that i left behind that i am sorry and there is a better way and that's through education and the ballot box. Do your bit now Lad and go out and make it your life's mission to educate the masses that there is a better way

  • Douglas Read - 2012-02-21 22:30

    why oh why do our government find it so hard to tell the truth?

      Sean - 2012-02-21 22:36

      They just can`t , what can one expect from a bunch of criminals !!

      luytster - 2012-02-22 00:33

      Get the opposition to press them and thats by voting for them. That's what they are there for to eventually get you answers,Get your neighborhood to start asking the same question you are asking.

  • Ashton Sibanda - 2012-02-22 06:18

    i think that's normal compared to other presidents like Mugabe and Putin. Obama takes submarines on standby when he travels oversees and travels with no less than 200 people and above that declares a no fly zone when he is in the air wherever he is going

      Angela - 2012-02-22 07:37

      Taking the SAA plane is what bothers me. There are a lot of people in that organisation trying to make it work in very difficult economic times, this sort of behaviour is worthy of a third world tinpot dictator like Mugabe , not the emerging democracy we call ourselves.

      Gobo - 2012-02-22 07:40

      The fact that you don't get the difference is hilarious.

  • Zion - 2012-02-22 07:46

    It would be interesting to know the additional costs of this little picnic trip. The true costs that is.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-22 08:03

    I wonder who got the kick back from this jaunt. Unfortuately, this is just the one that got caught. I'm sure if you looked deeper into the matter that you would find that there have probably been many instances of shadow planes escorting our cANCerous members of parliment around the world on their self important jaunts. It wouldn't surprise me if this lot had shadow planes to follow them up and down form CPT every time there was a cabinet meeting. Just another few million stolen from the hard working taxpayers to make our Pres feel important. It's a pity that shower head doesn't feel important enough within himself for having achieved the highest position in the land without having to resort to having to have his blue light brigades following him around the world.

  • John - 2012-02-22 09:13

    Millions more rands will be spent on an investigation.... but no heads will roll. Whats the point..

  • Lloyd - 2012-02-22 09:53

    when the secrecy bill gets passed we will be blissfully unaware of this kind of behaviour in the future.

  • Grant - 2012-02-22 09:58

    Why has no one asked for the passenger list for the second plane that landed in NY?? There can be NO plausible excuse or explanation for this other than an entourage of freeloaders/wives/friends/girlfriends on the second plane!

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