Zuma's backup helicopter cancelled - Report

'City Press' is reporting that the helicopter known as the ‘Zuma Taxi’ costs the presidency R63,000 an hour.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The air force has apparently cancelled the backup helicopter previously provided to President Jacob Zuma's family and friends travelling between Durban and Nkandla.

The City Press newspaper is reporting that family and friends have been hitching rides from the air force base in Durban.

The Special Investigation Unit is now looking into the matter.

The newspaper is reporting that the helicopter known as the 'Zuma Taxi' costs the presidency R63,000 an hour.

The South African National Defence Force reportedly charged the president a discounted rate for the chopper.

His bodyguards were apparently forced to drive three hours from Durban to Nkandla.

The presidency's Mac Maharaj has denied the allegations saying no member of the family used the chopper unless accompanying the president.