Cape Town – Plans to acquire a new luxury presidential jet with an estimated price tag of R4bn is the equivalent of sixteen Nkandlas and the Gupta’s are likely to score big.
This is according to DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who dubbed, in his newsletter, the potential new jet for President Jacob Zuma as “Nkandla Air”.
“[W]e have to do everything in our power to stop the acquisition of this jet – let’s call it Nkandla Air – and all such future schemes before they get off the ground.”
Maimane said South Africa can’t afford to be buying a jet while the already ailing economy shrinks and amid soaring joblessness.
The economy contracted by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2016. There are 8.9 million unemployed adults in South Africa – 5.9 million of who are under the age of 35.
The R246m spent on Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, Maimane noted, is a picnic compared to what the government is planning to spend on Zuma’s new jet.
The president has been ordered to pay back R7.8m for non-security upgrades to his home.
“Nkandla Air is the equivalent of sixteen Nkandlas!