- The Democratic Alliance wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to make the report on the ANC's trip to Zimbabwe made public
- The report was penned by the Defence Minister after the party was accused of abusing its power by using a SANDF jet to travel
- The DA insists that the leader of the ANC cannot determine the outcome of the situation
The Democratic Alliance wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to go public with the report on the ANC's alleged abuse of power concerning an SA National Defence Force jet.
The party has submitted an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act in an attempt to force Ramaphosa's hand at going public with the report.
The party says that the ANC often attempts to 'play both the judge and the jury in an unashamed attempt to escape accountability':
"It is unacceptable that the minister reports back to the ANC about the ANC’s failures and South Africans are left in the dark. This report is already gathering dust on President Ramaphosa’s desk. It must be made public."
The party insists that, as leader of the ANC, Ramaphosa cannot preside over the incident alone:
"The ANC cannot legitimately investigate itself, the president must hand over this report so that checks and balances that are available in our democratic system can properly scrutinise it and hold those found guilty accountable."
The DA says that the incident was yet another example of how the ANC fails to separate itself from the state:
"South Africans have once again witnessed the ANC’s complete disregard for the rule of law and the separation of power when the party travelled in an airforce jet to Zimbabwe to meet with Zanu-PF during lockdown."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Minister of Defence had been ordered to compile a report on the matter after an ANC delegation used the jet to travel for party business.
The ANC has since admitted to having made a mistake after facing immense backlash from political parties, including the DA.
The ruling party has since committed to covering the costs of the journey, which it defended as an important mission to address the issues in Zimbabwe.
Another issue raised over the incident was whether or not the officials had legally travelled to the country, with lockdown laws at the time restricting movement across borders.
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