Friday, November 25, 2011

No more free flights for former Presidents and Deputies

By Lelethu Mquqo
25 November 2011

Former Presidents and Deputy Presidents have been forced to pay for their own domestic flights for the rest of the financial year, which ends in March next year.

FW De Klerk, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Baleka Mbete all received a two page letter from President Jacob Zuma’s office, explaining that serious budgetary constraints have forced the decision.

The office of Mbeki and De Klerk yesterday confirmed that they received the letters.

The policy of executive benefits allows former Presidents and Deputies an unlimited number of flights on scheduled commercial domestic airlines.


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