30 September 2020
PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed that the report by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on the controversial trip to Zimbabwe be made public.
Acting Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale said the publication of Mapisa-Nqakula’s initial and supplementary reports to the Ramaphosa is informed by the president’s commitment to transparency.
Mapisa-Nqakula visited Zimbabwe on a trip which Presidency said was “official business” on 8 September 2020. The minister travelled on a South African Air Force aircraft, which also conveyed senior leaders of the African National Congress led by secretary general Ace Magashule.
Ramaphosa has since issued Mapisa-Nqakula with a formal reprimand for conveying the ANC delegation to Zimbabwe on an aircraft of the South African Air Force.
“The president has sanctioned the minister by imposing a salary sacrifice on the minister’s salary for three months, starting from 1 November 2020. Her salary for the three months should be paid into the Solidarity Fund, which was established to support the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Seale.
Ramaphosa has also directed the minister to make sure that the ANC reimburses the state for the costs of the flight to Harare and to report to him once that has been done.
” The president took this action after his consideration of the minister’s initial report and a supplementary report that the president had directed the minister to provide on the circumstances that led to the ANC delegation travelling on a South African Air Force plane,” said Seale.
” While the minister was on an official trip for which the president had given permission and for which she was entitled to use a SAAF aircraft, the president found that it was an error of judgment to use the plane to convey a political party delegation.”
The reports can be accessed on The Presidency’s website through the following links
http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/content/document-1-initial-report-minister-defence-zimbabwe-flight (short link: https://bit.ly/346TEWG )
http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/content/document-2-supplementary-report-minister-defence-zimbabwe-flight (short link: https://bit.ly/36lLm02 )