A week ago, six top ANC officials travelled to Zimbabwe on an SANDF flight. Following outrage at what some called an abuse of state resources, the ruling party released a statement saying it would cover the costs of the trip…
The ANC, citing concerns about human rights and economic distress, sent a delegation to neighbouring Zimbabwe to hold meetings with the Zanu-PF to discuss remedies. This is despite the Zimbabwean ruling party insisting there is no crisis to speak of.
South African opposition parties questioned aspects of the Zimbabwean rendezvous, mainly why the ANC decided to use government-funded transport. Organisations recommended that the delegation be put in quarantine in accordance with Covid-19 regulations for having travelled during the lockdown.
President Cyril Ramaphosa demanded a report from Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula detailing how the ANC six ended up on military transport.
The DA has asked the president to make that report public.
In a statement detailing the outcome of the Zimbabwe trip, ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule said: “Our joint engagement on and commitment to the advancement and protection of human rights always remains paramount in the context of acknowledging and upholding our respective countries as sovereign, which cannot be dictated to.”
— African National Congress (@MYANC) September 15, 2020
Regarding the flight, Magashule wrote: “We travelled in an unusual manner and profusely humble ourselves where we went wrong during the lockdown and will reimburse the government for the costs incurred on behalf of our delegation.”
According to Magashule, the “delegation is under quarantine in line with our lockdown regulations.”
The DA says this admission leaves the president with no choice but to “fire Minister Mapisa-Nqakula now.”
The DA’s Shadow Minister of Defence Kobus Marais said that it was “patently clear” that Mapisa-Nqakula allowed members of her party “to abuse state resources.”
Marais said: “This was a gross violation of her oath of office, a dereliction of duty and a complete disregard for ethical standards. She simply must go.”
An SABC report quotes EFF Head of International Relations Godrich Gardee as saying that the ANC’s “national conscience has long evaporated and has left them and it can’t even speak to them.”
The UDM‘s Bantu Holomisa asked the president to “please act” against Mapisa-Nqakula.
Holomisa tweeted: “Elsewhere Min. Mapisa-Nqakula would have long been shown the door.”
Elsewhere Min Maphisa- Nqakula would have long been shown the door, Mr President. She has embarrassed the DOD on many occasions from offering lifts 2 her son’s girlfriend, Gupta Waterkloof saga, Khosa’s death,deteriorating Defence Force & now Zimbabwe trip scandal . Please Act. pic.twitter.com/mdGpxD5JZo
— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) September 15, 2020