Political commentator’s viewpoints on Mapisa-Nqakula, ANC delegation state aircraft lift saga

Political commentator, Jamie Mighti joins Trending SA hosts Refiloe Mpakanyane, Elma Smit, and Mablerh as a special quest on SABC3 at 6 pm [September 28] to share views on the alleged abuse of state aircraft by the ANC delegation which flew to Harare, Zimbabwe to meet ZANU PF.

Minister of Defence Military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula paid an official state visit to Zimbabwe to resolve problems in that country when she gave several ANC delegation a lift.

The ANC delegation includes ANC General Secretary, Ace Magashule, and Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, who flew to Harare to speak to ZANU PF on their capacity as ANC leaders.

This led to the presidency suspending Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and docking her three months’ pay, to transfer the money into the fund to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The trip sparked outrage among opposition parties, including the Democratic Alliance (DA), which called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

DA Shadow Defence Minister Kobus Marais said the president’s reprimand Minister Mapisa-Nqakula for overseeing the ANC’s abuse of an air force jet is not good enough.

Marais said this was also not the Minister’s first offense, adding that they also accused her of smuggling her late son, Burundian Chumani Nqakula’s friend, aboard a VIP Jet Air Force plane.

“The DA considers this transgression as a serious violation of the Minister’s oath, dereliction of duty, and ignoring ethical standards.

The President must fire Minister Mapisa-Nqakula,” said Marais.

“This punishment does not show how serious President Ramaphosa addresses the minister’s failure, but how weak he is in holding his party members and executive directors to account,” Marais said.

President Ramaphosa himself admitted that the Minister “did not act… in the best interest of good governance,” that she “didn’t adhere to legal prescripts warranting care in the use of [State] resources,”; and that she “acted in a way inconsistent with [her] position.”

These are damning findings against Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, and yet she only gets a slap on the wrist.

“We cannot allow the Minister to walk scot-free.” The fact is, she allowed the ANC to misuse public funds to travel to Zimbabwe and get back on the Air Force’s Falcon-900, “Marais said.

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