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    The DP "Gravy plane" Affair

    Our dear Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is once again the centre of controversy about a very expensive trip overseas. A bit over 7 times the cost of the last one that hit the headlines. At least this time it was work and not a holiday.

    I see the ANC is rallying around the DP. But it poses something of a dilemma, I'd think. Someone made the arrangements and someone is responsible.

    The question is who?

    People should keep their hands off the deputy president, the ruling party told sections of the media and some political parties who continue to "campaign" against Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

    Reacting to the flight cost saga on Tuesday, ANC spokesperson Smuts Ngonyama said in a statement: "The ANC remains concerned that even with clear evidence to the contrary some people are hell-bent on tarnishing the image of the deputy president and by extension the image of the ANC-led government."

    Ngonyama was referring to suggestions that Mlambo-Ngcuka was involved in travel arrangements for a recent trip to the United Kingdom which set taxpayers back an estimated R4.55-million.

    "Although it has been clearly explained that the responsibility for the air travel of the president and deputy president resides with the South African Air Force, and that the minister of defence has set up a board of inquiry into this particular flight, there are some who continue to suggest some form of wrongdoing on the part of the deputy president."

    Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota earlier said a board of inquiry, chaired by someone from outside the department, would be set up to look into the matter.

    Lekota emphasised that the presidency could not to be blamed for hiring the plane; "therefore any attempt to suggest that either the staff of the presidency or the deputy president herself is to
    blame, must be rejected with the contempt it deserves."
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    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    It just get better and better.

    All journeys undertaken by President Thabo Mbeki and Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka this year will be investigated by a commission of inquiry, Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota announced on Wednesday evening.

    Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday that all journeys undertaken between January 1 and December 10 will be investigated by the commission.

    Mlambo-Ngcuka recently boarded a multimillion-rand flight to the United Kingdom in a hired Swiss jet, which cost taxpayers an estimated R4,55-million.

    This week, Talk Radio 702 revealed that Mlambo-Ngcuka in mid-October had travelled to Australia and New Zealand on an official visit to meet political and economic leaders of the region -- at a cost to taxpayers of more than R3-million.

    Beeld reported that Sam Mkhwanazi, spokesperson for the Department of Defence, would not confirm the radio station's report.
    full story from M&G here
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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