- The drama surrounding ANC officials using an SA National Defense Force jet to travel to Zimbabwe continues
- Now, the Economic Freedom Fighters have weighed in with their views on the alleged abuse of power
- The Red Berets have condemned the ruling party for using state resources to conduct its internal business
The Economic Freedom Fighters are not impressed after top ANC officials caught a 'lift' to Zimbabwe on a South African National Defence Force jet.
In a statement released by the party in response to the incident, the EFF condemned the alleged abuse of power by the ANC delegation:
"The EFF condemns the abuse of state resources by the ANC. In an act reminiscent of the infamous Gupta Waterkloof landing, a delegation of civilians from the ANC used a military aircraft to conduct party business in Zimbabwe. They were aided by the Minister of Defense Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in a gross abuse of state resources."
The EFF claims that this incident has proven that the ANC can no longer separate themselves from the state, continuing to say that:
"This abuse of power reveals a ruling party that has no grasp of the separation of powers between the party and the state. It reveals an organization whose corruption has gone on with such impunity that they now use military aircraft to conduct lift clubs. The ANC envoys to Zimbabwe have no right to utilize state resources to conduct their business and furthermore have no clearance to utilize military resources."
The Red Berets warned that this kind of behaviour was a slippery slope to a far more sinister situation for South Africa:
"It is a slippery slope when military apparatus is used by a political party to further its interests and relations with other political parties. As a country, we will reap the consequences of this abuse of military power the day the ANC is confronted with the loss of political power."
The party called for the immediate suspension of the minister over the ordeal, concluding that:
"The EFF calls for the suspension of the Defense Minister Mapisa-Nqakula for abusing state resources to further a political party agenda. We further call for the ANC to compensate the state for the illegal use of its resources."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the incident has been handed over to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for further investigation by AfriForum.
The lobby group has promised to take further legal action if the investigation finds that the ANC had indeed abused taxpayer funding.
The delegation had included the likes of secretary-general Ace Magashule, Gwede Mantashe and Nomvula Mokonyane.
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