Zuma, Motlanthe spend R210m on flights

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks during a post cabinet briefing on 31 May 2012. Picture: SAPA.

CAPE TOWN – President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe have cost taxpayers more than R210 million in flights.

Former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu revealed the details in a written reply to a Parliamentary question on Wednesday.

She said the pairused a total of 499 SA Air Force flights.

These included aircraft operated by the South African Air Force's 21 Squadron and its Reserve Squadron.

A total of 53 flights were chartered for the two by the South African Air Force.

The figures were for the period 2009/2010 until now.

In January, Zuma came under fire after an Eyewitness News report found that a shadow plane followed him on his trip to New York.

The president was attending a United Nations (UN) meeting.

It later emerged that the planes were hired at an estimated cost of R10 million.

The Auditor-General’s office said it would investigate the matter.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)