More questions on Defence Minister’s Harare flight


Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s September trip to and from Harare with senior ruling party members is not being forgotten, with the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) adding its opposition voice on the SA Air Force (SAAF) bizjet flight.

Party leader Pieter Groenewald, in addition to posing questions in Parliament, also reported the flight and its circumstances to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for possible investigation.

In response to an answer given by Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Groenewald said it was unacceptable and evasive, in particular as regards compliance with lockdown regulations.

He wanted Motsoaledi to inform Parliament whether those aboard the 21 Squadron Falcon 900 (ZS-NAN) had the necessary authorisation to leave South Africa during the national state of disaster, how approval was obtained in terms of level two lockdown restrictions in place at the time and whether the approval was given before the early September flight.

The Home Affairs Minister is reported by the FF+ as saying President Cyril Ramaphosa “is investigating (the Harare flight) and will deal with it accordingly.

“The response is unacceptable and Dr Motsoaledi is shirking his responsibilities as Minister of Home Affairs. His answer creates the impression regulations were not complied with and that is why he circumvents the question.

“At no point did the President indicate he will investigate whether government lockdown regulations were complied with as regards the flight. He was only involved in determining the cost of the flight and ensuring that money is recouped from the ANC.

“The response indicates the Minister is neglecting his duty to Parliament and follow-up questions will be posed to Motsoaledi demanding proper answers,” Groenewald said in a statement.