“Jobs not jets.” DA slams repo

“Jobs not jets.” DA slams reported R1.3 billion for regional presidential jet

Reports of a new 18-seater jet for the presidency has opposition parties frothing at the mouth, none more so than the Democratic Alliance.

“Jobs not jets.” DA slams repo

Reports of a meeting between senior military and government officials to discuss the purchase of a R1.3 billion short distance jet for the presidency has been met with strong criticism, with the DA saying it would push defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ngqakula for answers.

2016 saw national outcry after government mentioned the possibility of a brand new international jet for the presidency, a plan that, to date hasn’t come to fruition. Now it seems there’s another plane plan in the making.

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“The Democratic Alliance will submit Parliamentary questions to the Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ngqakula, to get clarity on the reported acquisition of a new luxury 18 passenger jet for regional flights for President Jacob Zuma,” the DA’s shadow minister of defence, Kobus Marais, said in a statement.

Reports say the planned super-luxury jet would include an executive lounge, businessclass-type seats as well as advanced entertainment features.

“The Minister must confirm the intention to acquire a short-haul jet, whether the said meeting between members of the top brass took place and must release any and all relevant documentation relating to this lavish purchase as well as a detailed justification for the purchase,” Marais said.

“The DA is vehemently opposed to spending billions on a luxury jet while millions of young people in South have been abandoned by the ANC to a lifetime of joblessness by poor quality basic education and lack of skills development.”

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