Plans to buy president Jacob Zuma new jet have been scrapped, thanks to tighter budget measures from the National Treasury, the City Press reports.
According to the paper, Treasury told Armscor – in charge of procuring the plane – that if there was to be a new jet plane for the presidency, it would have to come out of the defence department’s operation budget – which simply cannot afford it.
However, Treasury has allocated R143 million more for the air force to lease planes for the president to fly around.
Despite the tighter budget, Armscor said it would not budge on the list of requirements that any new plane for the president would need to meet.
This includes long distance flights with specific passenger limits, et al. A plane that matches all the requirements set out for the plane would cost R4 billion, aviation experts have said.
The president’s current plane, Inkwazi, has been grounded numerous times, with the presidency saying that it is no longer reliable and puts the president’s life in jeopardy.
However experts have said that the plane is in perfect condition, and is nowhere near its end-of-life.
You can read the full story in the City Press for 30 October 2016