President Jacob Zuma flew to China on an Angolan private jet registered in Aruba, a Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea, and manned by a Portuguese crew while Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan flew commercially.
Journalists in China, confirmed that President Zuma and his entourage arrived in Hangzhou for the G20 Summit without Minister Gordhan.
The luxurious Gulfstream-G550 that belongs to Bestfly in Angola was leased for Zuma because it can easily fly to China.
Meanwhile, Zuma’s own jet, Inkwazi, which is 100% serviceable, remains grounded at Air Force Base Waterkloof because of claims that it is “unreliable”.
There are no South African pilots who are qualified to fly the Gulfstream-G550. There are also no South African pilots who comply with the aviation requirements of Aruba.That explains why Zuma flew with foreign crew and pilots instead of South Africans as stipulated by Government directives.
Ministers Gordhan, Maite Nkoane-Mashabane of international relations, Rob Davies of trade and industry and Sindisiwe Chikunga, deputy minister of transport, have accompanied Zuma to the summit.
After the summit, Zuma will attend a conference in Guangzhou about investment in Africa.