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“DA pushes for thorough investigation into Presidential Jet catering spending”

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced its intention to write a letter to the Public Protector, Koleka Gcaleka, urging a thorough investigation into allegations of excessive and wasteful spending on catering aboard the Inkwazi presidential jet.

The DA claims that during a 12-hour flight from London to South Africa following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II last year, catering costs amounted to a staggering R24,000 per person, totaling just under R600,000 for fewer than 18 VIP guests.

These allegations are particularly concerning in light of a recent report by investigative journalist Estelle Ellis, which revealed a high number of severe acute malnutrition cases in children in the Eastern Cape between August 2022 and September 2023.

DA Leader John Steenhuisen argues that while President Cyril Ramaphosa and his VIPs indulge in extravagant catering and alcohol expenses at the expense of taxpayers, ordinary South Africans are suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

Steenhuisen further criticizes the behavior of presidential VIPs, claiming that surplus food, drinks, and even entire chocolate cakes are being smuggled out of the Inkwazi jet in their luggage.

He argues that this blatant gluttony and greed demonstrate the disconnect between the president and the needs of the South African people, as well as the lack of compassion from the ruling ANC government.

In the face of a growing hunger crisis in the country, Steenhuisen believes that South Africans deserve a government that prioritizes their well-being and ensures access to three nutritious meals a day for their families, rather than one that prioritizes the transportation of luxury goods for connected individuals.

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