North Western Cape Premier, Supra Mahumapelo has moved a motion to purchase a private Jet for use by himself and his cabinet members using the public’s money, saying they cant keep waiting for flights
According to Sunday Times ..a memo from the Premiers office was sent to NorthWest Transport Investments, which is owned by the provincial government.
The province has confirmed the news, but however stated that its not a waste of money. Speaking to the press, the spokesperson for the government Brian Setswambung said the provincial cabinet decided last month to ask its public transport entity “to do a cost analysis” on what was more effective: subsiding the Mahikeng airport route, or buying a jet.
“The outcome of that cost analysis is not yet known because it has just been assigned, so no decision can be taken before government knows what would work and what would not.
“As a government that is mindful of the challenging economic climate and the need for more resources to service our people, any decision that would be taken will consider our primary mandate, which is to ensure that we deliver services effectively … if the government of Bokone Bophirima [North West] ever owned an aircraft … that aircraft would be for use by all members of the exco to enable them to perform their duties with the necessary speed,” said Setswambung.
According to government insiders, they confirmed that the Premier is only buying the jet for his personal use.so he can be able to travel overseas on it. One could understand that based on the province been one of the poorest with an annual budget of R36-billion.
According to the Chairman of NorthWest Transport Investments Phatudi Maponya, he said that the Jet is needed to easy up travel expenses and make their movement more faster and on time following delays caused by SA express;
No ways is it a plane for the premier. That person that gave you that information was malicious; the premier still even uses an old car.
“He [Mahumapelo] never said he wants to buy an aircraft for himself,” said Maponya.
“There is an airline flying between OR Tambo and North West and there are so many delays.
“The explanation by SA Express is that they don’t have enough aircraft. They are two hours late, or three hours, all the time.
“These guys [SA Express] are thinking of adding additional flights; it is unreliable.
“The state is not going to buy an aircraft. SA Express needs a subsidy from North West, that is what they proposed,” he said.