The process of purchasing a new jet for President Jacob Zuma has gained increased urgency after he was delayed in Burundi.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) sent an aircraft to fetch Zuma, who had been stranded this weekend after his aircraft broke down in Bujumbura.
That situation has now prompted the SANDF to reactivate the process of procuring a new presidential jet.
“We’ve been engaging with our procurement agency Armscor, which is the responsible authority for procurement. And yes I can confirm that in view of this perpetual problem, we’re planning to re-look at all options available to us, to deal with this matter urgently,” said the SANDF’s Simphiwe Dlamini.
There was public uproar last year when it surfaced that Zuma was in line to get an aircraft upgrade, rumoured to cost up to R4-billion.
The jet was reported to be equipped with a private bedroom suite and a conference room.