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Conflicting views on the 3 new govt VIP jets

The acquisition of the new jets for the president and Cabinet will cost approximately R2 billion.

FILE: The Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters and South African National Defence Force Union strongly disagreed with the decision but a defence analyst said it may be a good move. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There appeared to be conflicting views over the move to buy three new VIP jets for President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet on Tuesday.

The acquisition of the new jets for the president and other top government officials will cost around R2 billion.

The Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters and South African National Defence Force Union strongly disagreed with the decision but defence analyst Helmoed Heitman said it may be a good move.

The South African National Defence Force defended its decision despite the jets not being included in this year's budget, insisting the current fleet wasn't sufficient for Cabinet's transportation due to South Africa's increased international commitments.

Hietman said if Zuma needed to mediate between two countries, he needed to get there quickly and safely.

"We need to accept that Africa is not a secure region at the moment so we need a stable background and he needs to be able to move around quickly and safely."

Inkwazi, the presidential jet, is set to be supplemented by three new VIP jets, including one used Boeing business jet and two new Falcon 900 business jets.

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