Zuma's 1-minute flypast cost R200 000

Cape Town - It was over in less than a minute, yet the flypast by a SAA Airbus A340-600 during President Jacob Zuma's inauguration in Pretoria earlier this year cost taxpayers well over R200 000.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, tabled on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said the total cost of the 24 May flight over the Union Buildings, including a practice flight the day before, was $20 102.

At the current rate of exchange, this is the equivalent of about R215 000.

A breakdown of this figure, given in the reply, reveals the crew performed for free, with "no meal allowance paid on both days", that air traffic and navigation charges were waived, and a 90% discount was granted on parking and landing fees.

The bulk of the money spent went on fuel ($13 000). The balance went on maintenance and operating costs.

The question was posed by Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier.

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BatongaBoro 2014-07-31 04:43:28 PM
could they not have shoved some passengers in to help cover the cost? i mean, many of the people made rich by the ANC would have been proud to pay a fortune for the honour of being in it as it did that.
Francois Baard 2014-07-31 04:48:55 PM
He don't pay for it so why not? Stupid!
FastnEasy Loans 2014-07-31 04:50:31 PM
Atleast was not 3 Jumbo Jets like they did for the Rugby world cup in 1995
Mosilinyane Claudi 2014-07-31 04:53:00 PM
ich weiß zuma ist kein Engel, aber muss man uns mit Trivialitäten bombardieren? eish
Henderson 2014-07-31 04:58:37 PM
Haters will always hate Zuma is the people's president and how much was spent on mandela's funeral?
Henderson 2014-07-31 04:59:20 PM
Haters will always hate Zuma is the people's president and how much was spent on mandela's funeral?
Motho Fela 2014-07-31 04:59:37 PM
Who cares? Let him enjoy while his people who voted for him continue suffer and live in poverty.
Dumisani Rikhotso 2014-07-31 05:00:19 PM
Next thing you will hear government saying the is not enough money 2 build roads,schools ect but we all see that the problem is mismanagement of fund
Maberry Maluk'z Vongz 2014-07-31 05:00:29 PM
Was it necessary?
Alan Smith 2014-07-31 05:01:35 PM