The Democratic Alliance (DA) said the ANC had to pay for the illicit use of the country’s aircraft to meet its Zimbabwean counterparts.
“DA can estimate that the cost of renting an 18-seater private jet from Pretoria or Johannesburg to Harare, Zimbabwe is roughly R260,000,” said Kobus Marais, the party’s shadow defence minister.
According to Marais, the amount excluding payment for landing rights, parking fees or on-board meals was estimated by two independent companies specialising in luxury travel.
The amount relates to a recent trip to Zimbabwe by the ANC delegation led by the party’s general secretary, Ace Magashule whose party members misused public funds aboard Falcon 900 aircraft to visit Zimbabwe to meet with ZANU PF.
“Until Treasury confirms the total amount and explains how and when the ANC will pay the money, for the sake of accountability and transparency, both the DA and the public can only speculate,” Marais said.
He, however, said the DA is calling on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and National Treasury to break their silence on this matter and tell South Africa how much the ANC spent for the illicit use of the ZS-NAN jet, and how did they arrive at the amount and terms of payment.
“The repayment of the money by the ANC will not in any way exempt the party from the criminal conduct. We will continue to deal with this matter until all those involved are fully prosecuted,” added Marais.