R6m CWC cop flight queried

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula will be asked to explain to parliament why a plane was chartered from the US at a cost of R6,5million to send a team of police and army officials to help with security at the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula will be asked to explain to parliament why a plane was chartered from the US at a cost of R6,5million to send a team of police and army officials to help with security at the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

The Democratic Alliance's Dianne Kohler-Barnard said she would submit written questions to Nqakula. Parliament is currently in recess.

Newspaper reports say an empty plane travelled from Miami, Florida, to South Africa to ferry 77 army and police personnel to the West Indies. The plane will bring the South Africans back, but will return to Miami empty again.

Police director Sally de Beer said the arrangement could not have been avoided because local flights were not suitable in view of the size of the contingent and because weapons are not allowed on commercial flights.

National police commissioner Jackie Selebi stated that South African agencies would be involved in security at the event . - Waghied Misbach

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