The Democratic Alliance on Wednesday expressed its displeasure over a tender issued for the lease of a VIP aircraft by Armscor.
The DA Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kobus Marais says there is no justification for this expense.
I cannot find any reason why this must be justified.— Kobus Marais, DA Shadow Minister Defence and Military Veterans
He says leasing or purchasing an aircraft are much the same. In fact leasing will put more strain on the Defence operational budget.
And he says, there is nothing wrong with the Inkwazi jet.
When economic times are tough, and we need to spend more money on growing jobs, on growing the economy, looking after the vulnerable, on education, this is as alarming as buying an aircraft.— Kobus Marais, DA Shadow Minister Defence and Military Veterans
Supporters of the leasing tender argue our President was stranded in Burundi among other technical incidents, and a new plane is necessary whether through leasing or purchase.
But the DA is not convinced. Marais says it is an issue of maintenance and less money is being budgeted for technical support. SO what happens when the new plane needs maintenance.
The Inkwazi is by world standards, and by industry standards, a very, very competent aircraft, and its a relatively new aircraft. It can give service for another 30 years if it's properly maintained.— Kobus Marais, DA Shadow Minister Defence and Military Veterans