Ramaphosa reprimands Mapisa- Nqakula for Zimbabwe trip

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Tebogo Msimanga

President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula with a formal reprimand for transporting an African National Congress (ANC) delegation to Zimbabwe on an aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF).

Mapisa- Nqakula’s 3 months’ salary, starting from 1 November, will be paid into the Solidarity Fund, which was established to support the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The President furthermore directed the Minister to make sure that the ANC reimburses the state for the costs of the flight to Harare and to report to him once that has been done.

ANC delegation travelled on a South African Air Force plane to Harare, Zimbabwe on 8 September 2020. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema critized the ruling the party and said they should pay for using military jet. Ramaphosa said even though Mapisa -Nqakula was on an official trip for which he had given permission and for which she was entitled to use a SAAF aircraft, he found that it was an error of judgment to use the plane to convey a political party delegation

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