- The ANC is still under fire for using an SANDF air force jet to travel to Zimbabwe for internal party business
- Julius Malema has now weighed in on the situation, saying that intervention in Zimbabwe was needed
- However, the EFF leader says that the ruling party must be billed for making use of the aircraft which is at the centre of the scandal
The EFF has called on the African National Congress to pay for making use of SA National Defence Force aircraft to travel to Zimbabwe for party business in the country.
The ruling party has been accused of abusing state resources over the incident and Julius Malema has now had his say on the matter.
Speaking outside of the Randburg Magistrate's Court, the Red Beret leader agreed that Zimbabwe was facing issues which needed to be addressed.
He signalled his approval over the ANC's decision to travel to the country and engage with leadership in favour of reaching a solution.
However, despite agreeing that the trip was needed Malema believed that the use of state resources to do so was 'irresponsible':
"And we shouldn't be too dramatic about it. We will ask the secretary of defence to invoice the ANC, so the ANC pays and they don't repeat that mistake. But going to Zimbabwe, even under lockdown regulations, it is necessary, it's urgent, and therefore it will be reactionary for anyone to say the leaders should not have gone to Zimbabwe."
Malema was adamant that the officials had a need to travel to the nation and that the urgency had been warranted.
But with the incident attracting immense public outrage Malema conceded that the ANC should have made use of a private jet if there had not been any flights available:
"Let them get an invoice, let them pay. But the mission to resolve the problem of Zimbabwe, should not stop all of us, including EFF, we should put pressure to find a solution to the problem of Zimbabwe. It's a pandemic on its own and therefore needs to be resolved."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has given the Minister of Defence 48 hours to compile a report on the incident.
The SANDF and the ANC have both defended their involvement in the incident, which has been the subject of a complaint laid with the Public Protector.
Both parties have insisted that the minister had already been heading to the country and the ANC officials had simply caught a 'lift'.
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