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Mystery surrounds luxury jet used by ANC officials

A media report suggests officials were on board the plane, costing approximately R220,000.

Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Mzwandile Masina. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There appears to be uncertainty as to who footed the bill for a luxury jet used by the Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Mzwandile Masina to attend the African National Congress' (ANC) manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth.

The Sunday Times is reporting that five passengers were on board the plane, which left Johannesburg last weekend, costing approximately R220,000.

It says pictures were briefly posted on social media before being deleted, showing Masina, Ekurhuleni Regional Treasurer Thembinkosi Nciza and his wife, singer Nhlanhla Nciza.

The Sunday Times says former ANC secretary in the Western Cape Songezo Mjongile and Gauteng ANC official Anda Bici were also on board the private jet.

Masina told the paper he caught a lift on the plane because he had missed his flight to Port Elizabeth.

He was on an official trip in Hungary.

Thembinkosi meanwhile says he was under the impression that Mjongile paid for the flight and that questions surrounding the trip were out of order.