I didn’t need Cyril’s say-so for Zim flight: Mapisa-Nqakula

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I didn’t need Cyril’s say-so for Zim flight: Mapisa-Nqakula

She says it would have been ‘prudent’ to tell him, but insists there was nothing dodgy about the costly jaunt

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Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says that “in hindsight” it would “have been prudent” of her to inform President Cyril Ramaphosa before offering an ANC delegation to Zimbabwe a lift on a defence force jet – but she did not need “specific permission”.

This is according to a supplementary report Mapisa-Nqakula submitted to Ramaphosa on September 22 as he held her accountable over the controversial trip. She had come under fire for using government resources to transport senior ANC leaders to Harare on a party political mission.

“I agree in hindsight that it would have been prudent to inform your office in writing of my intention to ferry ANC NEC members, of which delegation I formed part, to meet with Zanu-PF counterparts,” said Mapisa-Nqakula in documents publicly released by Ramaphosa’s office on Wednesday night...

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