President Cyril Ramaphosa needs a comprehensive report on the circumstances that caused Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to share a flight to Harare with a senior African National Congress leadership delegation.
President Cyril Ramaphosa issued 48 hours for Minister of Defense and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to send him a comprehensive briefing on the circumstances that led the Minister to share a flight to Harare , Zimbabwe, with a senior African National Congress leadership delegation.
In a statement released on Friday evening, the President noted the public discussion that Mapisa-Nqakula had created around a flight to Harare, who had permission to fly to Zimbabwe to meet with her counterpart after a recent SADC summit to address defense issues in the region.
“In the interests of good governance and prudent and responsible use of state properties, the President has instructed the Minister to send a report within 48 hours setting out the circumstances surrounding the flight and the passenger list.
“The President welcomes the concern shown by South Africans in this matter as a sign of the nation’s watchfulness over allegations of abuse of public resources.”
Earlier on Friday, members of ANC NEC and Minister for Social Development Lindiwe Zulu said the Zimbabwean crisis was a case of national significance – which warranted members of the party to fly using state resources.
Zulu was part of a delegation from ANC, led by Secretary-General Ace Magashule, sent by the party this week to the neighboring country.
The visit was for the ANC to meet their Zimbabwean counterpart, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), on the country’s human rights abuses.
Zimbabweans have faced the harshest punishment and convictions for speaking out against corruption and the country’s economic crisis.
The ANC said members were simply taking a lift with Minister of Defense Nosiziwe Mapisa-Ngqakula on her way to the site.