July 6th, 2012
Cape Town – Announcing the cancellation of R2bn jet deal for President Jacob Zuma, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said there is a need for VIP planes and a new procurement process can be expected.
She told reporters in Pretoria the procurement process was cancelled after the offer to purchase lapsed on June 15.
A $10m (about R82m) deposit would be returned in full, the minister added.
The ministry confirmed that there was also an offer from Airbus but that this lapsed two weeks later, on June 30.
“I have since met with the companies approached to submit proposals for the procurement of VVIP aircraft, including Boeing, and I have informed them that the current process has been cancelled.”
The minister said a new procurement process could be expected in the future because there was a need for VIP planes.
She declined to say whether the regular procurement requirements had been followed, pending the outcome of that investigation.
- South Africa: Cancellation of Zuma jet purchase welcomed (procurement.tv)
- Jacob Zuma ‘to buy presidential jet despite South Africa’s poverty’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- South Africa: Zille hails tender finding (apperi.org)