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DoD overspends by R35m on VIP flights – Kobus Marais

DA MP says last year R26,9m budgeted for such charter flights, R61m ended up being spent

Defence Department overspends by R35 million on VIP flights

28 November 2017

reply to a DA Parliamentary Question has revealed that the Department of Defence (DOD) has blown their budget for Very Very Important Person (VVIP) flights in the 2015 – 2018 period by R22.5 million and in the 2016/17 year, by an astounding R35 million.

The DOD is mandated to transport the President, Deputy President and other principles in a manner which guarantees their safety as well as ensuring their on-time arrivals for appointments at various destinations, internationally and domestically.

The DA will now ask further Parliamentary Questions to determine exactly which VVIPs were transported, whether or not they were on official business and who accompanied them.

The reply also shows that at least three big-ticket VVIP Charter flights alone collectively cost the Department more than R12.5 million in the 2016/17 financial year.

This is what happens when President Zuma refuses to fly on the perfectly functional Presidential Jet, Inkwazi.

The failing ANC government could have used the R35 million to supply 3 500 flush toilets to indigent communities or built nearly 270 Reconstruction and Development Programme homes.

The DA will not sit idly by while the ANC continues to waste money on luxuries for the political elite at the expense of millions of South Africans who are forced to survive without the most basic of services.

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE & MILITARY VETERANS

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY

2717. Mr S J F Marais (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

(1) (a) What is her department’s budget for VIP flights in the 2017-18 financial year and (b) what amount did her department spend on VIP flights (i) in the (aa) 2015-16 and (bb) 2016-17 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017;

(2) (a) what is the total number of VIP flights that her department undertook since 1 April 2017 and (b) what was the cost of each flight?  NW3024E

REPLY

Fin Year

Budget for VVIP Charter flights

Expenditure for VVIP Charter flights

2017/18

R 24 992 229.00

R 18 430 452.26

2016/17

R 26 880 267.00

R 61 078 365.26

2015/16

R 22 875 721.00

R 17 775 033.11

R 74 748 217.00

R 97 283 850.63

2. (a) what is the total number of VIP flights that her department undertook since 1 April 2017 and (b) what was the cost of each flight? NW 3024

REPLY

VVIP flights for 2017/18

Number of Charter flights

Cost per Charter flight

1

R 616 744.00

2

R 1 142 665.14

3

R 908 000.00

4

R 433 516.00

5

R 4 681 500.00

6

R 6 680 000.00

7

R 697 253.70

8

R 755 000.01

9

R 510 000.01

10

R 557 500.00

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MINISTRY OF DEFENCE & MILITARY VETERANS

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY

2718. Mr S J F Marais (DA) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

(a) What is the total amount that her department spent on VIP flights for (i) the President and (ii) other dignitaries attending the 9th BRICS Summit held in China from 31 August to 4 September 2017 and (b) from which (i) programme and (ii) sub-programme of her department’s budget were these costs paid in each case? NW3025E

REPLY

The cost for the charter services to BRICS Summit in China is R 6 680 000.00. Funds for this requirement were out of VVI Unit budget for charter flights.

Issued by Parliament, 27 November 2017

ENDS

Issued by Kobus Marais, DA Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, 28 November 2017