Home Affairs to probe if ANC broke lockdown rules for Zimbabwe trip

Home Affairs to probe if ANC broke lockdown rules for Zimbabwe trip

- Home Affairs is going to launch an investigation to find out whether lockdown rules were broken by the ANC for trip to Harare

- Eyebrows have been raised about the ANC's integrity for allowing this trip to take place as lockdown rules may have been breached

- The DA and EFF are outraged at the ANC for using taxpayers money and state resources for this trip

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A delegation of top ANC officials caught a "lift" on a SANDF aircraft to Harare, Zimbabwe and this raised a lot of eyebrows about President Cyril Ramaphosa's clean-up of the party as well as the state. This raised a lot of concerns because the aircraft is funded by taxpayers and it appears that in order for this trip to happen, lockdown regulations may have been breached.

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In a statement that was released by the Department of Home Affairs, they stated that they would be doing an investigation to find out whether the passengers that flew to Harare with the SANDF jet broke the lockdown rules for the trip to take place.

The presidency released a statement on Friday evening, with President Cyril Ramaphosa commenting on how the entire incident has put both the ANC and the government in the spotlight. Seemingly this was for all the wrong reasons.

Home Affairs to investigate whether ANC broke lockdown rules for Zimbabwe trip

President Cyril Ramaphosa says Zim trip has put ANC in the spotlight. Home Affairs to investigate. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
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Political parties DA and EFF have called on the ANC to explain why state resources are being used without their being a proper explanation. President Cyril Ramaphosa has also been asked by the DA to explain why an ANC-led delegation was able to fly to Zimbabwe using an SANDF Airforce aircraft.

The DA referred to the trip as a "Military Uber service". The DA also accused the ANC of exclusively transporting their officials abroad at the expense of South African taxpayers, calling it an abuse of power.

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Briefly.co.za previously reported on Ramaphosa giving the Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula 48 hours to explain the ANC "lift" on the SANDF jet.

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."
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Source: Briefly.co.za

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