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Govt mum on R2bn jet deal

Government has remained silent about an apparent deal to buy President Jacob Zuma a jet worth R2 billion.

An Emirates Boeing 777-200LR. Picture: www.2747.com
President Jacob Zuma,SANDF,Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe,South African National Defence Force,Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula,R2 billion jet for Zuma
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JOHANNESBURG - Government has remained silent about an apparent deal to buy President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe planes worth more than R2 billion.

At the same time, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is yet to confirm reports that it signed an offer to purchase the aircraft from United States manufacturer Boeing.

It is understood the Defence ministry looked into providing the president with the luxury VIP jet worth $235 million (almost R2 billion).

The National Treasury said it could not comment on the apparent purchase.

The SANDF said any information regarding the reported purchasing of the 300-seater Boeing 777-200LR for Zuma would be communicated by newly appointed Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. 

It also declined to comment on media reports that Government has now backed out of the apparent deal, which includes a $28m Global Express 600 for Motlanthe.

The two planes will cost taxpayers just over R2.2 billion.

Meanwhile, owner and publisher of African Pilot magazine Athol Franz joined the chorus slamming the exorbitant expenditure.

He said the gas burn for Zuma's jet is excessive because it is an intercontinental airliner.

It is not clear when Mapisa-Nqakula will comment on the matter.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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