Cyril Ramaphosa gave Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defense, 48 hours to submit to him a detailed report on the ANC delegation that traveled with her to Zimbabwe in an Air Force plane.
“In the interest of good governance and the prudent and ethical use of state assets, the President instructed the Minister to submit a report setting out the circumstances surrounding the flight and the passenger list,” said Tyrone Seale, Ramaphosa’s acting spokesperson. .
Mapisa-Nqakula was allowed to travel to Zimbabwe to meet with her counterpart on defense-related matters in the region following a recent summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
However, Ramaphosa now wants answers as to why there was an ANC delegation on the same flight to Harare. “The president welcomes the interest shown by South Africans in this matter as an indication of the country’s vigilance against allegations of improper deployment of public resources,” Seale said.
Many parties and organizations are demanding that Ramaphosa, as commander-in-chief of the army, explain why the ANC delegation was on the run.
Ace Magashule, ANC secretary general who holds no official position in the South African government, led the delegation to Zimbabwe. The ANC delegation met with leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF.