- Just a week after the nation's Defence Minister gave ANC officials a 'lift' to Zimbabwe in an air force jet, a complaint has been laid
- The Public Protector has been tasked with investigating the incident over claims of abusing taxpayer funding to transport ANC comrades in style
- Both the SANDF and ANC have defended the incident, adamant that the minister had been heading to Harare on official business
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been approached to investigate allegations of taxpayer funding allegedly being abused by ANC members.
This follows a delegation of top-ranking ANC officials catching a 'lift' to Harare on a SA National Defence Force jet to engage with Zimbabwean officials over the challenges facing the nation.
AfriForum has approached the Public Protector to probe why her comrades had joined her on the plane, launching their own investigation in conjunction.
The organisation has vowed to 'take legal steps' if it emerged that the ANC had unlawfully used public assets to conduct its business.
City Press reports that AfriForum's Monique Taute had commented on the controversial incident, saying that:
"These circumstances must adhere to certain requirements. First, the use thereof must be in the public's interest. Second, the Minister of Defence must approve the use of the assets in consultation with the Minister of Finance."
Earlier Briefly.co.za reported that the SA National Defence Force had defended the incident, saying that the minister had travelled to the country of official business:
"The meeting of the ANC in Zimbabwe coincided with the meeting of the minister of defence force and military veterans, who were 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."
Ace Mageshule, ANC secretary-general and one of the passengers on the flight, had also been adamant that no wrong-doing had occurred.
ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu and five other members, including ex-minister Nomvula Mokonyane, had also joined Mapisa-Nqakula on the journey.
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