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President calls for report on SANDF flight to Harare - Presidency

Ramaphosa has directed Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to respond within 48 hours

President calls for report on South African Air Force flight to Harare

11 September 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to furnish the President - within 48 hours - with a detailed report on the circumstances that led to the Minister sharing a flight to Harare, Zimbabwe, with a senior delegation of African National Congress leadership.

The President notes the public discussion that has been generated around a flight to Harare by Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, who had permission to travel to Zimbabwe to meet her counterpart to discuss defence-related matters in the region following a recent SADC summit.

In the interest of good governance and the prudent and ethical use of state assets, the President has directed the Minister to provide a report within 48 hours that will set out the circumstances around the flight and the passenger list.

The President welcomes the interest shown by South Africans in this matter as an indication of the nation’s vigilance against allegations of improper deployment of public resources.

Issued by Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson, The Presidency, 11 September 2020