- The ANC has confirmed that it will be forking over for the airforce jet trip to Zimbabwe which has provoked immense criticism in recent days
- President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC leader, had previously written to the Defence Minister demanding an explanation over the incident
- Commenting on the matter Ace Magashule said that those involved had humbled themselves to their mistake
The ANC has decided to reimburse the government for allowing a delegation of top officials to use an SA National Defence Force jet to travel to Zimbabwe for party business.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who had joined the delegates on the trip, released a statement on Tuesday confirming the ruling party's intention to rectify the situation:
"We travelled in an unusual manner and profusely humble ourselves where we went wrong during the lockdown and will reimburse the government for the costs incurred on behalf of our delegation. Our delegation is under quarantine in line with our lockdown regulations."
Despite the immense backlash over how the party arrived in Harare to meet with Zanu PF leadership over the challenges in the nation, Magashule felt that the trip had been a 'successful mission'.
Magashule highlighted the need for the party to address these issues and signalled the ANC's hope that it would yield positive results:
"As the ANC we would like to appreciate the success of our delegation mission of national interest to Zimbabwe with both hands because a successful and prosperous Zimbabwe as our neighbour is good for South Africa, the SADC region and our beloved continent Africa. We hope and trust that the positive results of our consultation will go a long way in ensuring regional stability and growth in the two countries."
Briefly.co.za reported that ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa had earlier demanded an explanation from the Defence Minister after outrage over the party's alleged abuse of state power.
AfriForum had announced that it has filed a formal complaint with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane over the ordeal.
The lobby group had vowed to take further legal steps against the ruling party if it emerged that the law had been flouted.
The SANDF and the minister in question had defended the decision as the minister had been travelling to the country on official business, simply affording her comrades with a lift as they had been headed to the same destination.
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