The Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has confirmed that her department will acquire the new presidential jet for President Jacob Zuma.
Mapisa-Nqakula said her department will not compromise on the president's safety.
The minister said this ahead of her department's budget vote presentation in parliament on Thursday.
EWN reporter following the story, Rahima Essop, told Xolani Gwala that the minister would not say how much the new aircraft will cost.
However it's the price tag that's in dispute. She says neither the SANDF nor Armscor, which is the acquisition's agency, has ever said that it will cost four billion rand.— Rahima Essop, EWN reporter
She says the department will go ahead and buy a presidential jet but we should not personalise the issue by making it about President Jacob Zuma. The aircraft, she said, is for the president and will be around even when Zuma leaves office.— Rahima Essop, EWN reporter
She reminded us of the recent incidence, where Inkwazi, which is the existing presidential aircraft, how that aircraft has broken down and how they will not allow the president's safety is anyway compromised.— Rahima Essop, EWN reporter
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