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Scrap affirmative action to draw more whites to the defence force

With the sword of affirmative action hanging over their heads, there is no way to expect whites to join the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) without any career prospects for them, says Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the FF Plus’ chief spokesperson on Defence said.

Dr. Groenewald, during the budget debate of the department of defence and military veterans, said in reaction to the minister’s comments that there is an urgent need for white defence force members, affirmative action has to be scrapped to draw white people back to the defence force.

Regarding the defence force’s budget, Dr. Groenewald said the FF Plus has since 2004 without any success been asking that the budget be increased. Currently there is once again a medium term budget deficit of R5 billion.

He said the FF Plus will not support the budget if a new jet is purchased for the defence force. If just the purchase of the jet is cancelled, the department will immediately save R4,3 billion of the R5 billion it needs.

“One of the big problems in the defence force is discipline. Last year two soldiers on guard duty at the Tempe military base in Bloemfontein were overpowered and robbed by two robbers with knives.

“It was a classic case of somebody arriving with a knife at a gun-fight and actually won. They stole two R4 rifles, a radio, and sixty rounds of live ammunition because the soldiers were sleeping when they had to stand guard.

“I asked the minister a question about this (question and reply attached). We however still do not know what happened to those two guards.

“They, and indeed the defence force, contributes to crime. These weapons can be used in crimes and farm attacks. If this is the case, the defence is complicit, and a claim should be instituted against it.

“Discipline will only improve if action is taken against the offenders. These two riflemen should be suspended immediately from the defence force.

“I also asked the minister a question about her statement that departing white personnel in the air force had stolen aircraft and training could subsequent not be done properly (question and reply attached).

“The minister knows it is not true. How on earth does a person steal an aircraft without any action being taken against such a person?

“There are rumours doing the rounds currently that the defence force wants to sell half of the Pilate P7 Mark 2 aircraft. It does not make any sense, as the aircraft had been purchased prior to 1994 to be used for basic flight training, instead of the old Harvards and Impalas”, Dr. Groenewald said.


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Vraag 1. (Tempe-voorval)

1149. Dr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:†

(1) Whether the commission of inquiry into the incident during which two guards who were attacked by two robbers with knives at the Tempe military base in Bloemfontein in August 2015 and subsequently robbed of their R5 assault firearms has been concluded; if not, why not; if so what were the findings of the specified commission;

(2) (a) what progress the Milatry Police have made in this regard and (b) whether (i) the R5 assault rifles have been recovered and (ii) anyone has been arrested in this regard;

(3) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW1287E


The Board of Inquiry 12/15 conducted by SA Army Support Base Bloemfontein was completed on 13 October 2015.


(1) Circumstances that caused the loss of 2x weapons (R4’s) and equipment (radio, 2x magazines, 2x weapon belts, 2x lanyards and 60 rounds)

The guards were on official duty when the incident occurred but they were asleep on guard duty. The loss of the weapons and equipment can be contributed to negligence, a lack of discipline and neglect to obey orders and instructions. Security fence, cameras and security lights around the warehouse were not up to standard. The guards did not adhere to the orders of the Adjutant. The guard commander did not post the two guards (Private’s Sam and Mdayi) on 232400B Aug 15 but they were posted by the driver. The training of Protection Services Guards were not up to standard.

Who was responsible for the loss?

02047744 MC Private S. Sam and 08415176 MC Private L.B. Mdayi.

The consequences that it may have for the SANDF

The upgrading of security measures. The development of a specific training program for Protection Services members. The loss of weapons and equipment of R18,483.20.

(2) No suspects have been identified thus far.

(3) No


Vraag 2. (‘Gesteelde’ vliegtue)

618. Dr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:†

(1) With reference to her reply to question 5 for oral reply in the National Council of Provinces on 23 February 2016 that pilots were unable to fly sufficient flight hours because retiring members had stolen aircraft, (a) what types of aircraft were stolen, (b) how many of each type of aircraft were stolen, (c) when they were stolen and (d) who were the members who allegedly stole them;

(2) whether any steps were taken against the members who allegedly stole the aircraft; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what was the result;

(3) whether she will make a statement about the matter? NW731E


In this context, stolen refers to premature phasing-out of systems type aircraft by donating to the museums or selling thus limiting the SAAF to build capacity.





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