Ramaphosa breaks silence on why so much money was paid to Zuma since he left office

Against the backdrop of reactions that trailed the reported almost R1million  given to former president Jacob Zuma for transportation and cell phone, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out with detailed explanations on the upkeep of his predecessor Jacob Zuma, saying the state has spent about R1million since he left office almost a year ago.

Ramaphosa, in a written parliamentary reply to a question posed by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, on Thursday said the money had so far been spent on Zuma’s trips, flights, cellphone expenses as well as administrative support.

However, the president would not disclose the nature of Zuma’s trips saying he was no longer in office and his trips were not “a matter for the Presidency”.

Ramaphosa noted that Zuma was entitled to certain state benefits enjoyed by all other former presidents.

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“As with all former presidents, former president Zuma is entitled to certain benefits as outlined in the policy on the benefits of executive office. Among other things, the policy entitles a former president and an accompanying spouse to an unlimited number of journeys using scheduled commercial domestic flights,” he wrote in his reply.

 

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