- The Democratic Alliance has once again zoned in on the controversy involving the ANC and an SANDF jet flight to Zimbabwe
- The opposition party has demanded that the ruling party coughs up over R260 000 for the use of the government aircraft
- This follows the DA's earlier calls that President Ramaphosa should release a report on the incident to the public
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The Democratic Alliance has demanded that the ANC needs to cough up more than R260 000 for using an SA National Defence Force jet to travel to Zimbabwe.
In a statement released by the DA it was revealed that experts in the industry had come to the steep figure:
"Today the Democratic Alliance (DA) can reveal that the cost of chartering an 18-seater private jet from Pretoria or Johannesburg to Harare, Zimbabwe amounts to approximately R260 000. This is according to two independent companies that are experts in the field of luxury travel. This amount, however, does not include payment for landing rights, parking fees or on-board catering."
The DA says that this estimate will need to do until Treasury comes clean over how much the flight truly cost:
"The amount that the ANC will have to pay back after its delegation abused public funds to illegally travel to Zimbabwe and back aboard the air force’s Falcon-900 aircraft will therefore amount to even more than this. However, until Treasury, in the interest of accountability and transparency, has confirmed the total amount, and explained how and when the ANC will repay the money, the DA, as well as the public, can merely speculate."
The party has called on both Finance Minister Tito Mbowen and National Treasury to 'break their silence' and explain to the nation the following:
- How much must the ANC delegation pay back for their illicit use of the ZS-NAN jet?
- How did National Treasury arrive at this number?
- What are the terms of the repayment?
In conclusion, the DA reiterated that it would not allow the ANC to abuse state resources:
"The ANC’s repayment of this money does not in any way absolve the party of the criminality of their actions. We will pursue this matter until all involved have been held to account to the full extent of the law. The DA will not allow the ANC to continue to abuse their power and loot our State resources."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the DA had demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa should release a Defence Department report on the incident.
At the time, the DA had slammed the injustice of the ANC investigating ANC misconduct and questioned how the leader of the party could be left in charge of this alleged abuse.
The ANC has acknowledged its mistake and committed to repaying the costs involved for the journey.
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