- The SA National Defense Force has been left defending the use of an air force jet by an ANC delegation sent to Zimbabwe's capital Harare
- The Defense Minister insists that she had been heading to the country on official business and merely gave her colleagues a 'lift'
- ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has denied that the incident amounts to an abuse of power by the ruling party
The SANDF has been doing some explaining on Thursday, adamant that Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had simply been giving ANC comrades a 'lift' in an air force jet.
The party recently was accused of abusing state resources by utilizing the government-funded aircraft to carry out ANC business.
The jet took comrades to Harare where the ANC delegation had met with the Zimbabwean ruling party, the Zanu-PF.
Speaking to SABC, secretary-general denied anything untoward due to the trip coinciding with the minister's official work:
"The meeting of the ANC in Zimbabwe coincided with the meeting of the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, who was travelling to Zimbabwe to meet her counterpart in preparation for a SADC Troika meeting and the UN reconfiguration of the Force Intervention, which comprises troops from the SADC region."
The delegation had included the secretary-general, Minister Lindiwe Zulu, Nomvula Mokonyane, Enoch Godongwana, Tony Yengeni and others, reports News24.
Magashule explained that the delegation had agreed the nation was facing many 'challenges' that need confronting with the parties agreeing to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of mutual concern.
In response to a Zimbabwean official denying any crisis in the country, Magashule replied that:
"As liberation movements, we should respect human rights. We respect freedom of association and freedom of speech."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Nomvula Mokonyane had been prompted at the State Capture Inquiry to explain how, with her salary, she had managed to acquire a luxurious Aston Martin.
The evidence leader had been curious to know where the former minister had found the funds to purchase the set of wheels mentioned by Charl le Roux.
Le Roux, an electrician who did work for BOSASA at the ex-ministers home, had mentioned the car as one of the extraordinary items he recalled seeing at the house while doing work there.
In response to Mokonyane asking why the car was such a massive point of interest for the inquiry, evidence leader Viwe Notshe had explained:
“You will remember Mr Agrizzi said you were paid sums of money cash by Gavin Watson, and now you have a car which is more than R3m and there’s a deposit of R2m. We needed to investigate where you got the money from."
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