Zuma doesn't need another jet

Economic analysts have slated the defence ministry’s decision to buy new presidential jets.

Economic analysts have slated the defence ministry’s decision to buy new presidential jets.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic analysts have criticised the Defence Ministry's decision to buy new presidential aeroplanes in the near future.

The Saturday Star is reported on Saturday that the department wants to purchase VVIP jets as well as strategic airlifting capacity planes as soon as possible.

The ministry said the new planes will cut down on costs as chartering planes cost the state billions.

Political and economic analyst Somadoda Fikeni said cost benefit analysis should be made available to the public to determine if this is the right decision.

"At the time of economic difficulties any decision that might be of great costs should be premised on either security reasons, which are solid and objective or economic reasons. What are we going to be saving?"

The fact that President Jacob Zuma already has a private jet has raised questions around whether or not buying a new fleet is entirely necessary.