Jet move welcomed by political parties | News24
The decision by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula not to purchase a new Boeing 777 jet for President Jacob Zuma was welcomed by political parties on Friday.
Democratic Alliance spokesperson David Maynier said it seemed like former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu initiated a "dodgy process" to purchase the two new jets.
"There was no normal competitive tender process as required by National Treasury regulations and the Public Finance Management Act," he said.
"It is simply wrong to waste billions of rands on new VIP aircraft when so many people in our country are poor."
Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald welcomed the decision because the jet was "totally unnecessary and would have been an extravagant luxury".
"Should a jet have to be purchased in future for the president, it should be affordable, suitable, and not be excessive," Groenewald said.
On Friday, Mapisa-Nqakula told reporters the procurement process was cancelled after the offer to purchase lapsed on 15 June.
A 10 million (about R82m) deposit would be returned in full, the minister added.
Isn't buying any kind of jet "excessive" - taxpayers may think so.