Defence analyst on SAAF planes maintenance and army's involvement in politics

Over the weekend, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had to be driven back to Johannesburg after the plane he was travelling in experienced technical faults shortly after taking off from White River, Mpumalanga.

This was not the first time a South African Airforce (SAAF) aircraft carrying the deputy president has experienced technical faults. Last month, Ramaphosa cancelled his trip to Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, due to technical problems experienced by his plane.

President Jacob Zuma has also experienced maintenance issues with his aircraft, when his private jet, Inkwazi, experienced technical difficulties when he was in Burundi last month.

On #NightTalk, Sizwe Dlhomo and Gugu Mhlungu asked Helmoed Heitman, defence analyst, whether South African Air Force planes need to be maintained or replaced.

Heitman also shed light on whether the military should be involved in politics or not, following the call for President Zuma removal made by the South African National Defence Union.

See quotes from the conversation below...

Helmoed Heitman, defence analyst, spoke about maintenance of SAAF planes and dangers of the army being involved in...

Posted by 702 on Monday, 4 April 2016

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