Dr Sam Gulube, Secretary for Defence, more than three years ago confirmed acquisition of VVIP aircraft was considered a SCAMP (Strategic Capital Acquisition Master Plan) item and it could well be acquiring a mid-sized business jet to replace one of the two Falcons currently in the SAAF fleet will fall into the same category.
This takes into account what Democratic Alliance shadow defence minister, Kobus Marais, has said about the increase allocated to the Special Defence Account for the 2017/18 financial year.
“Estimated expenditure on the SDA, an account used for the procurement of weapons and equipment and to cover the costs of covert operations, is expected to increase by R1.53 billion. This is also almost exactly the same amount as that being mentioned in connection with a new presidential jet the Department of Defence is allegedly procuring,” he said.
“We haven’t been in touch with the Defence Department following this latest rumour, but we have looked at the budget and there’s only provision for the special accounts. It doesn’t say anything about buying an aircraft.”
Marais said the DA would submit further parliamentary questions to Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to ascertain why expenditure on the SDA is being increased.