Defence minister called to task by angry Ramaphosa about dodgy rental jet

Defence minister called to task by angry Ramaphosa about dodgy rental jet

- Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had to explain why President Ramaphosa was forced to fly in a jet owned by a dodgy businessman recently ‘

- Ramaphosa was reportedly left fuming when he was forced to use a jet owned by Zunaid Moti to fly to Botswana recently

- The President has instructed Mapisa-Nqakula to properly vet any future jet rentals to prevent further embarrassment for the government

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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has reportedly been called to task by an angry President Cyril Ramaphosa. Mapisa-Nqakula was asked to explain how she allowed Ramaphosa to use a dodgy rental jet recently.

Ramaphosa was forced to use a rental jet for a recent trip to Botswana because the official presidential jet was once again broken down. The trip was his first official state visit since taking office in February.

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Ramaphosa was left fuming when he realised the jet which had been assigned to him belongs to controversial businessman Zunaid Moti. gathered that Ramaphosa expressed his unhappiness about the situation to Mapisa-Nqakula and tasked the minister with ensuring that all future jet rentals were properly vetted to prevent further embarrassment for the government.

Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman, Khusela Diko confirmed that Ramaphosa had raised the matter with Mapisa-Nqakula and asked her to overhaul the relevant systems and procedures.

“The president has expressed his displeasure with the privately owned aircraft leased in the execution of his duties as head of state,” she said.

Diko confirmed that Ramaphosa was unhappy with the costs of leasing privately owned jets and additionally he wanted the South African flag flown when he was engaged in official duties, something which can only be done on SANDF planes.

This is not the first time a ‘dodgy rental’ jet has caused embarrassment for Ramaphosa. He had to use a jet owned by the Guptas in 2015 for a trip to Japan. On that occasion, he was executing his deputy presidential duties.

At present the Defence Department makes use of privately owned jets when the presidential jet is unavailable, these jets are sourced from ExecuJet. Private companies and individuals use this service to lease out their jets to government and other businesses or individuals.

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