SAAF in Critical Condition: 85% of Fleet Grounded Due to ANC Mismanagement and Neglect, Warns DA

SAAF in Critical Condition: 85% of Fleet Grounded Due to ANC Mismanagement and Neglect, Warns DA

SAAF Grounded: DA Exposes Shocking State of Affairs

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has exposed a shocking revelation made by Minister of Defence, Thandi Modise, who disclosed the dire state of affairs within the South African Air Force (SAAF).

Key Statistics

  • 85% of the SAAF’s aircraft fleet is currently out of action, leaving the nation vulnerable to security threats.
  • 233 aircraft are grounded due to a lack of spares or budget constraints to conduct necessary repairs, representing more than half of the fleet.
  • Only 2 of the 26 Gripen fighter aircraft and 3 of the 24 Hawk aircraft are available, severely limiting the SAAF’s combat capabilities.

Why is the SAAF Grounded?

The DA Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Kobus Marais, said the ANC government’s mismanagement, lack of political will, and neglect have severely compromised the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) combat capabilities.

DA Blames ANC for SAAF Downfall

Marais added that it is particularly distressing to note that the SAAF’s combat aircraft, including the Oryx, Rooivalk attack helicopters, BK 117 helicopter, and the LUH 109, are among the worst affected in terms of active duty. This effectively decapitates South Africa’s air defense capabilities, leaving it exposed and vulnerable.

Impact on National Security

The DA’s concerns are echoed by military experts, who warn that the SAAF’s grounded fleet poses a serious threat to national security. In an increasingly dangerous world, South Africa needs a strong and capable air force to protect its borders and sovereignty.

Call to Action

The DA calls upon the ANC government to take immediate action to address this national crisis. This includes allocating the necessary resources to repair and maintain the SAAF’s fleet, as well as addressing the underlying issues of mismanagement and neglect. The security and safety of the nation should always be the top priority.

Conclusion

The SAAF’s grounded fleet is a stark reminder of the ANC government’s failure to invest in South Africa’s national security. The DA urges the government to take immediate action to address this crisis and restore the SAAF to its former strength.

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