The ANC’s study group on defense has rejected the DA’s call for it to pay the additional costs for the controversial flight to Zimbabwe.
The study group said it rejected the call as the plane was on its way to Zimbabwe anyway. “The trip was already scheduled, regardless of whether the ANC delegation was on board or not. The plane was on its way to the ministers’ bilateral meeting, “said Pemmy Majodina, chief whip of the ANC.
According to the study group, the ANC delegation “did important work in support of human rights”. The ANC delegation flew with a Falcon 900 jet used for transporting GDPs.
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defense and Military Veterans, reported to the study group on Friday night about her recent controversial official visit to Zimbabwe. The minister was allowed to fly to Zimbabwe and meet with her counterpart, but a senior ANC delegation flew with the minister on a jet from the air force to Harare to meet with the ruling Zanu-PF.
Cyril Ramaphosa gave Mapisa-Nqakula 48 hours to give him a detailed account of the trip. Shortly afterwards, the ANC admitted that it had made a mistake and undertook to contribute to the cost of the flight.
Majodina confirmed that the public protector is now investigating the minister’s visit to Harare and that her office is giving his co-operation.
Kobus Marais, DA spokesperson on defense, will request the speaker of the National Assembly to schedule an urgent extraordinary meeting of the portfolio committee on defense and military veterans.