SA: “Whites Stole Aircraft”

Ex-pilots—and by implication whites—have “stolen” aircraft from the South African Air Force (SAAF), and this is why there are not enough aircraft to train new pilots, that country’s Minister of Defense has announced.

The ludicrous accusation—which illustrates once again South Africa’s slide into Third World nonsense—was made by Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in parliament.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

South African Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

Responding to a question on why SAAF pilots were being sent to Russia and Cuba to train, Nqakula said, “We have a problem. Sometimes these young people train and they run short of flying hours before they can get their wings. We can’t give them those flying hours because there are no aircraft.”

“I tell you that some of the aircraft were taken by some of the people who left the Air Force and they belong to them in their museum.

“Actually it started ages ago and some of the people stole some of the assets of the people and left with them. So when you talk about shortages it has to do with the fact that some of the assets were stolen.”

The real reason for the shortage of aircraft has, of course, nothing to do with pilots “stealing” them.  The SAAF’s previous generation of aircraft were known as “Cheetahs,” which were highly modified and updated French Dassault Mirage III jet fighter aircraft.

The Cheetahs were all phased out of service in 2008 and placed into storage, and in 2010, twelve of these aircraft—all still in perfect working order—were sold to the Ecuador air force, where they are still in use.

The SAAF replaced the Cheetahs with twenty-six Swedish SAAB Gripen fighter jets in a still-controversial arms purchase.

However, the affirmative action program at the SAAF, combined with inevitable budget cuts, ensured that the new aircraft were never fully utilized.

In March 2013, Nqakula claimed in parliament that twelve of the twenty-six aircraft had been “placed in long-term storage” because there was not enough money in the budget to keep them flying.

In September that year, however, General John Bayne—one of the few whites left at that senior level in the SAAF—said that in fact the Gripens were not in “long-term storage” as Nqakula had said, but rather that they were in “short-term storage” and were rotated with the operational aircraft in order to reduce wear and tear.

The inactive aircraft are stored “under tents” to reduce corrosion, he added.

In other words, the SAAF still has its full contingent of aircraft that the ANC government purchased—although how many of them are actually operational is anyone’s guess—and absolutely none have been “stolen” by retiring pilots.

Although Nqakula did not specifically mention the race of the ex-pilots, it is clear that she was referring to whites who have been forced out of the SAAF in terms of the government’s forced affirmative action program.

In 2013, the international military think-tank website, Strategypage, warned that the SAAF’s “affirmative action policy will result in nothing more than higher plane crash statistics.”

It said that the “most obvious” evidence of the SAAF’s decline was “the decrepit state of aging buildings, runways, and aircraft. But the biggest problem is getting, and keeping, technical people. This is complicated by a government program to integrate previously all white institutions.”

According to that report, the government “has set a racial goal for SAAF pilots and wants them to be 75 percent black and 25 percent white. A lack of qualified black air force personnel means that this goal has still not been met.

“The morale problem started getting a lot worse back in 2005, when the three top rated graduates of pilot training school, who would normally go on to fly fighters, were told that, because they were white, they would instead fly helicopters or transports. Three less qualified black pilots would go on to fly fighters.

“When commanders noted the morale problem, and public outcry, they declared that it was no longer the policy to send the best pilots to fighters but to spread the best pilots around to all flying communities.

“A similar situation occurs in other technical specialties, like maintaining the aircraft. Fewer whites are enlisting for these jobs, and more existing techs are quitting for civilian jobs.”

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    1. Yay the South African government has spend millions trying to train blacks to fly the fighter jets, HAHAHAHA no such luck they simpley do not have the IQ to achieve this – that is wy there are still till today only white pilots in this country

  1. You couldn’t make this story up if you tried…’s laughable….I’ve lived in West Africa a number of years, you do hear some real stories etc, but this one takes a lot of beating.

  2. This minister is actually very clever. You just can’t see the size of her brain…..she’s sitting on it!

  3. On the plus side, the SAAF cannot attack Orania if it has no flyable planes. When blacks are educated by black teachers, treated by black doctors, protected by black police, etc., they’re a lot worse off than before!

  4. What more would you expect her to say? After all it’s people like her that ALSO blame the “Whites” for building the dams too BIG that;s why we can’t fill them so now have water shortages. Bunch of prized Dickheads.

  5. Maybe the clever minister should ask the minister of intelligence or police to investigate the disappearance of the fighter planes.

  6. The ANC has been in charge science 1994 & only now do they discover that they have a stock shortage. Probably had some white kindergarten kids come around on a tour & a 5 year old pointed out that had not done their addition sums accurately.

    The 5 year old can count whereas the “President” has difficulty in comprehending numbers greater than 2.

  7. Strategic assets and functions should not be left to affirmative action. They are incompetant. It endangers all of us.

  8. First the black people wanted to govern – ANC in charge now,wish granted.
    Then they want all the riches, but only at the top,most are left poor.
    Then the electric goes off- whites fault!
    Then there is AIDS – whites fault!
    Then the economy is in the crapper- whites fault!
    Then the planes go missing- whites fault!
    Is there anything at all that might be the blacks own fault? – oh ja! Greed,stupidity and corruption! They are very good at that!!

  9. What era are you living in woman? When did the Whites leave the Air Force and how many years has your political elite been robbing the country instead of investing into a workable infrastructure?

    Even now all you blame are THE WHITES… Well at least in a few decanted your counterparts will most likely be blaming the Chinese.

  10. It is really embarrassing being a South African, black or white, when one travels out of our border, we are laughed at because of such stupidity managing our country. Thank God I am not in the SAAF, I can’t imagine being body searched for Airplanes everyday. Maybe they should have checked the “unauthorised” Guptas plane when it left, they could have stolen them as well.

  11. I wish I had the power to offer employment and citizenship to hard working, smart South Africans, that were interested in leaving and moving to Canada.

    I couldn’t imagine living under the crazy government you have over there

  12. I think every ex airforce member should go and lay defamation charges against this uninformed person cause you are wrongfully accused. We are the laughing stock if the word with people like this. If they can get in to parlement the more intelegent person can become president. What a joke one big circus with so many clowns.

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