What kind of message is South Africa sending to the world?

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's trip to London in a Swiss chartered plane, together with her entourage at a cost of R4,6 million, might not be illegal but the public certainly has the right to question the morality and sense of responsibility, or lack of it, from those who sanctioned such exorbitant expenditure.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's trip to London in a Swiss chartered plane, together with her entourage at a cost of R4,6 million, might not be illegal but the public certainly has the right to question the morality and sense of responsibility, or lack of it, from those who sanctioned such exorbitant expenditure.

A second matter of concern is the indicated need behind the apparent reason why such a decision was taken. Are there not enough highly qualified pilots to fly the VIP guests to and from London?

Is this the image that South Africa wants to project to the world? And this on top of the unending revelations of rampant violent crime, rape of tourists, bribery and corruption at all levels of society - from thousands of beneficiaries of state grants to senior civil servants and members of the public.

VA Volker

Pietermaritzburg

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