SAAF leaves Ramaphosa in the lurch – again
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was at the weekend forced to use land-bound transport to return to Pretoria after technical problems with the SA Air Force (SAAF) VIP aircraft assigned to him for a flight to and from Mpumalanga. His spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said in a statement: “A SAAF aircraft transporting Ramaphosa developed technical faults shortly after take-off from Kruger National Park Airport [presumably Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport] on Sunday, April 3, forcing the pilot to return to the airport”. Ramaphosa was returning from Mpumalanga on Sunday where he was installed as first Chancellor of the new University of Mpumalanga on Saturday. He also addressed the ANC-led Provincial Alliance Summit on Sunday. Shortly after taking off from Kruger National Park Airport for Air Force Base Waterkloof on Sunday, the aircraft developed technical faults mid-air, forcing the pilot to return the aircraft safely back to the airport. The Deputy President was, according to the statement, “driven back safely to his Johannesburg home by his SA Police Service security detail”.