FF Plus: Whites won’t join SANDF

 

“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,” said Groenewald.

 

Freedom Front Plus MP Piet Groenewald said scrapping Affirmative Action would be the only way for government to attract more whites to the SA National Defence Force.

 

Groenewald said the employment equity legislation had been a deterrent for white South Africans who had previously worked in or were interested in joining the force. He explained that white South Africans did not enjoy good prospects in the force under the current circumstances, adding that there needed to be a change in that respect first.

 

“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,” said Groenewald.

Groenewald was reacting to previous reports that the Minister of Defence was trying to encourage more white South Africans to join.


Speaking in the National Assembly this week, Groenewald also explained that there was a desperate need for that department to increase its budget. However, he explained that this was not the only problem faced by the South African military.

 

“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,” said Groenewald.

 

“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. 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,” added Groenewald.

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