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Ramaphosa calls for report on South African Air Force jet use to be made public

By IOL Reporter Time of article published Sep 30, 2020

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed that documentation relating to a recent visit to Zimbabwe by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula be made public.

According to acting spokesperson for the President, Tyrone Seale, publication of the Minister’s initial and supplementary reports to the President is informed by the President’s commitment to transparency.

According to reports, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula visited Zimbabwe on official business earlier this month. The Minister travelled on a South African Air Force (SAAF) aircraft which also conveyed senior leaders of the African National Congress (ANC).

The President has since issued the Minister with a formal reprimand for conveying the ANC delegation to Zimbabwe on an aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF).

Ramaphosa further sanctioned the Minister by imposing a salary sacrifice on the Minister’s salary for three months, starting from 1 November 2020.

Her salary for the three months should be paid into the Solidarity Fund, which was established to support the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ramaphosa has also ordered the Minister to make sure that the ANC reimburses the state for the costs of the flight to Harare and to report to him once that has been done.

“The President took this action after his consideration of the Minister’s initial report and a supplementary report that the President had directed the Minister to provide on the circumstances that led to the ANC delegation travelling on a South African Air Force plane,” Seale said.

While the Minister was on an official trip for which the President had given permission and for which she was entitled to use a SAAF aircraft, the President found that it was an error of judgment to use the plane to convey a political party delegation.

The reports can be accessed on The Presidency's website through the following links:

The reports can be accessed on The Presidency's website through the following links:

INITIAL REPORT BY MINISTER OF DEFENCE ON ZIMBABWE FLIGHT

SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT BY MINISTER OF DEFENCE ON ZIMBABWE FLIGHT

Presidency Statement of 26 September 2020: President Ramaphosa reprimands Minister of Defence for Zimbabwe trip

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