The ANC will repay the money that the air force spent on transporting a delegation from the ruling party to Zimbabwe.
Chaos erupted after it came to light that several ANC officials had traveled to Zimbabwe with a Falcon 900 from the air force last week. The delegation went to Harare to meet with Zanu-PF.
On board the plane was Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, her social development counterpart, Lindiwe Zulu, ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule, as well as ANC members Tony Yengeni and Enoch Godongwana.
After it emerged that the taxpayer had to pay for the ANC’s party political journey, the Department of Defense said the ANC delegation had merely been given a ride with Mapisa-Nqakula – who was on a state visit to Zimbabwe.
However, Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered that Mapisa-Nqakula submit a report on the controversial flight to him – and there is speculation as to whether it could possibly cost her her post as minister.
The ANC’s national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, said on Tuesday that the ANC had undertaken to reimburse the costs incurred for its delegation.
“In our pursuit of a successful mission, we have traveled in an unusual way. We are sorry for the mistake during the seclusion period and will reimburse the government for the costs incurred on behalf of our delegation.
“Our delegation is currently in quarantine in accordance with isolation regulations,” Mabe said.