Act on submarine damage, FF Plus urges

2012-08-13 19:12
SAS Queen Modjadji

SAS Queen Modjadji

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Johannesburg - Those responsible for the damage caused to the submarine SAS Queen Modjadji should face disciplinary action, the Freedom Front Plus said on Monday.

"The submarine SAS Queen Modjadji's accident with the seabed speaks of negligence and poor training," Freedom Front Plus defence spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said in a statement.

"The commanding officer of the submarine should take the responsibility and disciplinary steps should be instituted."

The SABC reported on Sunday that a navy board of inquiry had been convened to probe the accident, in which the outer hull of the submarine was damaged when it hit the seabed between Port Elizabeth and Durban last week.

Groenewald said there were existing safety measures and that instrumentation should have averted the mishap.

"To allege that an investigation has to be instituted into safety measures is to mislead the public [that] this was the problem.

"Drastic action should be taken against the responsible person," he said.

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