- President Cyril Ramaphosa has gotten involved in the controversy surrounding an SANDF jet being used by ANC officials
- Ramaphosa has given the minister involved in the debacle 48 hours to compile a report on the incident
- The ANC has been accused of abusing state resources for internal party business
President Cyril Ramaphosa has demanded a detailed report from Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula after a delegation of top ANC officials caught a 'lift' to Harare on an SANDF aircraft.
The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans has been given just 48 hours to compile this report on the incident which has been the subject of intense criticism from numerous political parties.
In a statement issued by the Presidency on Friday evening, Ramaphosa commented on the debacle that has put both the ANC and the government in the spotlight:
"In the interest of good governance and the prudent and ethical use of state assets, the president has directed the minister to provide a report within 48 hours that will set out the circumstances around the flight and the passenger list."
Ramaphosa had confirmed that the minister had obtained permission to travel to Zimbabwe in order to meet with her counterpart over relevant issues.
However, the President acknowledged the outrage over the incident, noting it as a sign of the country's vigilance against allegations of public funding abuse.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters had condemned the situation, warning that the ANC could no longer separate itself from the state:
"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."
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