Mapisa-Nqakula slammed for “stolen” aircraft response in NCOP
Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has apparently told the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) aircraft stolen from the SA Air Force (SAAF) and put in museums meant there were insufficient aircraft for pilots to qualify for their wings. When asked why SAAF pilots were being sent to Cuba and Russia for training she is reported by Politicsweb as saying “we have a problem”. “Sometimes these young people train and they run short of flying hours before they can get their wings," explained Mapisa-Nqakula. "We can't give them those flying hours because there are no aircraft”. The minister said if government buys them people start "screaming" about buying aircraft. "So you are damned if you do, and damned if you don't," she said. "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.