R20 million to fly Zuma to China (despite no budget and perfectly fine Inkwazi)

President Jacob Zuma is back in South Africa after his state visit to China.

He attended the ninth Brics summit.

Despite the VIP flights budget for the current financial year already used up, the air force still had to spend R20 million to rent a plan for Jacob Zuma’s trip.

The presidential jet Inkwazi was good to go, yet remained unused.

Ray White (in for The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield) interviewed SA Flyer Magazine Editor Guy Leitch.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

It should have cost about R5 million [instead of R20 million].

Guy Leitch, SA Flyer Magazine

Using Inkwazi would’ve cost R1.5 million.

Guy Leitch, SA Flyer Magazine

Inkwazi is fully operational.

Guy Leitch, SA Flyer Magazine

Inkwazi is hardly ever flown… it has a lot of life in it still.

Guy Leitch, SA Flyer Magazine

The aircraft is owned by the Angolan president’s daughter.

Guy Leitch, SA Flyer Magazine

Inkwazi is far safer than some third party aircraft.

Guy Leitch, SA Flyer Magazine

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