So, now the South African Air Force (SAAF) sits with 18 Agusta A109 helicopters in storage, and no money to fly them. The SAAF only has enough money to start the engines every now and then, but no money to get the Affirmative Action pilots to fly them. Or maybe they don't trust them?
That's not all. The 26 Gripen fighter aircraft - also part of the billion-rand arms deal that South Africa HAD TO HAVE - is also sitting mothballed. The ANC has slashed the SAAF budget by 60% and now there's talk that they will be selling the Gripens and not just the A109 helicopters, but all helicopter operations.
Gone is the proud SADF, feared by just about every military in the world, replaced by the SANDF, run by a bunch of clueless nincompoops. Can the ANC do anything right, apart from stealing money from the country? If corruption were an Olympic sport, the ANC would get Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. In fact, there'd be so much competition to get into the team.
This is so embarrassing. A bunch of porch monkeys in charge of South Africa's military. But, why should the ANC care? A weak defence force means they don't have to fear a military coup from their own people.
And yet one wonders why thousands of South African and American soldiers are doing training exercises together in the Eastern Cape this week, apparently to respond to "humanitarian disasters and peace-keeping operations"? For that the ANC has got money, but to keep South African air-space protected - not so much.
Think about all the pilot training down the drain. All that considerable time and frustration put in by the White pilots to train the Affirmative Action pilots - that is, the one's which didn't crash their planes and who managed to survive - down the ANC toilet, where everything good in South Africa has gone before. The ANC has managed to chase away most of the competent Whites across the military, and now they sit with a bunch of retards who probably can't fly the planes and choppers anyway. So, sell it off as scrap - after White South African tax payers have paid $$ billions to arm the country. Apparently that's not so critical anymore....
Maybe Zimbabwe will buy the lot from Zuma at auction - then Zuma can afford to build a few more houses in his Nkandlagate compound, and get himself another wife and have a few more pikininis.
At least during Apartheid South Africans slept safe at night, knowing our military was excellent and competent to look after the country. We had faith in them.
Under the ANC, evil has taken over.
It's sad seeing South Africa crumble before our eyes.
None of the South African Air Force's 18 Agusta A109 helicopters are being used, because there is no money to operate them, Beeld reported on Wednesday.
The helicopters were occasionally enabled, but did not ascend, an anonymous source reportedly told the newspaper.
In the long term, this reportedly meant pilots could lose their competency skills and that the helicopters would fall into disuse.
Beeld reported that the SAAF's 26 Gripen fighter aircraft, which were bought in the multi-million-rand arms deal a few years ago, were also rarely used.
A senior South African National Defence Force officer reportedly told the newspaper said the situation was grim.
Amid a 60-percent budget cut, it was considering selling the Gripens and not just the A109 helicopters, but all helicopter operations.
Military expert Helmoed-Romer Heitman reportedly said the SAAF was suffering from the government's indecision about what it expected from an army.
“An air force without fighter aircraft is a dead duck in Africa's military context. An army without helicopters and transport aircraft is a dinosaur in a swamp,” he was quoted as saying.
“An army without attack and tactical transport helicopters is a lame duck. A navy without helicopters and maritime patrol planes is blind.”
According to the newspaper, the SANDF did not respond to requests for comment.