- The ANC has confirmed that it has paid back the money for the controversial Zimbabwe trip
- ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe expressed that the ruling party has "honoured" its commitment to pay the SANDF back for using its jet for the trip
- The ANC paid back over R100 000 for using the SANDF's jet to ferry senior party members to Zimbabwe
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The ANC has confirmed that it has paid back the money it owed to the South African Defence Force (SANDF) for using its jet to ferry senior party members to Zimbabwe.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed on Thursday night that the ruling party has "honoured" its commitment to reimburse the SANDF. The party had issued a statement last week where it made a commitment to pay back the money for the controversial trip. The ANC paid over R100 000.
In an interview with eNCA anchor Clement Manyathela, Pule assured the country that the party paid the money on Thursday, 1 October.
"I can confirm that the ANC has paid. The ANC has honoured its own commitment after issuing a statement last week confirming to reimburse the SANDF. We can confirm to South Africans that that has since been done."
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been officially reprimanded by President Cyril Ramaphosa for the trip. The minister will be docked three months' pay starting in November.
Mapisa-Nqakula's salary will be paid into the Solidarity Fund established to support the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
South Africans have reacted to the ANC's confirmation of paying back the money. Check out some of the comments below:
"Maybe that's the reason why you failed to pay your staff their September salaries @MYANC."
"No, #ANC, you haven't 'paid back the money' because you owe SA billions in lost, stolen, defrauded & wasted money!"
"We need to see a receipt..."
"Pay back all the money that came from the Free State, the ANC must come clean."
"Shem! Poor South Africans, we won't even know if they really did. The same way we don't know if they don't pay their ministers when they said they 'won't pay them for 3 months'."
In other politics news, Briefly.co.za reported that the motion of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa is moving forward. The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has revealed that Speaker Thandi Modise recently confirmed to the party that consultations are now being finalised.
ATM submitted the motion of no confidence against Ramaphosa before Parliament earlier this year. According to reports, Modise wrote back to ATM president Vuyolwethu Zungula telling him that the delay in considering the motion of no confidence was due to the Covid-19 disruptions.
City Press reports that in the letter, Modise vows that she will finalise her consultation with the leader of Government Business, David Mabuza and the Chief Whip of the ANC Pemmy Majodina "as required by the rules".
Zungula said his party is confident that they'll succeed in their bid to remove Ramaphosa.
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