Choppers not going to Zim - for now

2013-04-18 22:21

Johannesburg - A court on Thursday further delayed a donation of military helicopters to Zimbabwe's army after the planned transfer sparked an outcry ahead of polls in the neighbouring nation.

The AfriForum lobby group, which brought the matter before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, said the court had upheld an earlier ruling blocking the delivery of spares and frames from South Africa's retired chopper fleet to Zimbabwe.

"The helicopters aren't going anywhere," AfriForum's Willie Spies said.

The French-developed Alouette III helicopter equipment is intended for the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF), which critics allege backed President Robert Mugabe in previous bloody elections.

The defence department said the decision to give away the spares dated back to 1997. The helicopters were used from the early 1960s until 2007 when they were retired.

Zimbabwe is scheduled to hold elections this year - though no date has yet been given - to replace a shaky compromise government between Mugabe and long-time foe Morgan Tsvangirai.

The two were forced in the deal by regional powers, including South Africa, after election violence in 2008 killed around 200 people and caused an economic meltdown.

Critics including AfriForum fear Zimbabwe's army is enhancing its visibility and mobility ahead of the poll.

The Democratic Alliance has accused President Jacob Zuma's government of bordering on "state-sponsored smuggling" to help Zimbabwe's military get around international arms embargoes.

The equipment is set to be shifted without clearance under arms export regulations, which stipulate no trade with aggressive or repressive states, as it reportedly had been stripped of all weapons systems.

The European Union and the United States imposed a visa ban and assets freeze on Mugabe and his inner circle, as well as an arms embargo on the country, following disputed presidential polls in 2002.

United Nations sanctions against Zimbabwe, including an arms embargo, were vetoed in 2008.

Under the power sharing deal with Tsvangirai, Mugabe has retained control of the army and police. Both forces are seen as highly loyal to the 89-year-old veteran leader.

  • Debbie du Plessis - 2013-04-18 23:14

    WTF is ZUMA the moron up to??? Why is he giving to a inhumanitarian who already STOLE everything from our beloved country and deposited all country's wealth in swiss bank accounts!!!! Let Mugabe ROT! ... or is Zuma his son???

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-04-19 02:01

      Cut from the same cloth!!

      Regte Boer - 2013-04-19 09:37

      Someone removed my comment about the large number of planes taking off from Waterkloof AFB at night. Appears I touched a nerve there. I will post again. It will be interesting to know where they drop their cargo and what the cargo is.

      Albert Prinsloo - 2013-04-19 12:16

      And what about our gripens in Louis Trichardt? Were they actually deployed to DRC? I know this is beyond the subject but I was just wondering what to believe and what not to, if someone here can shed some light on this, would be much appreciated.

      Caravan Moore - 2013-04-19 14:21

      Good job Afri forum....good Job.

  • Zethu Mthembu - 2013-04-19 01:09

    First it was R900m now they want helicopters this is egregious. I'm completely bewildered and dumbfounded by our government.

      Roy Wadhams - 2013-04-19 05:31

      Why does your people keep voting Zuma and the rest of the corrupt ANC into government when you know that they are doing NOTHING for you? Change your vote to the DA so that the country can rid themselves of Zuma and his ilk.

      Bones Mathambo - 2013-04-19 12:13

      Roy what do you mean "your people"? r u racist boy-boy?

      MrLogical - 2013-04-19 12:53

      Bones would we prefer to say "why do you blacks keep voting in ANC?" apparently eitherway we say it we offend you so it doesnt make a difference.

  • Amaru Shakur - 2013-04-19 06:41

    Why is Zuma spoiling Mugabe this much?I swear to God 2 2=5 here.Come 2019 u'll see Zuma refusing to hand over the powers.

      Justice Schwart - 2013-04-19 07:31

      That's why their wings must be clipped at the next election, not later.

  • Chris Evans - 2013-04-19 06:53

    Really!!!??? Donate helicopters??? What the heck??? Hey Bob, Here is some electricity - don't worry the SA citizens will get screwed over to cover that bill, then have some of the SA citizens helicopters and then just for good measure here have R 900 million of SA citizens tax money - don't worry about paying it back either. With Love SA government. What a load of ...., YO government - start think what you are using my tax and the taxces of the other HARD WORKING citizens of this once great nation, oh wait seems you can't do that - there must be some kick backs for personal gain for all of these ridiculous transactions With NOT so much love - SA citizens

  • Kgahliso Mthimkulu - 2013-04-19 07:09

    Raising funds for free tertiary education @ state universities will be a wise implementation, this is extremely wrong n offensif to SA citizens

      Regte Boer - 2013-04-19 08:14

      Think about that when you vote next year.

      Ish Tw - 2013-04-19 09:26

      This is very interesting. Election campaign. Check this one below Kgahliso "Think about that when you vote next year". Forget about the votes next year and talk about the issue at hand moron. Frm your Regte African.

  • Kgahliso Mthimkulu - 2013-04-19 07:10

    Raising funds for free tertiary education @ state universities will be a wise implementation dan this decision this is extremely wrong n offensif to SA citizens

      Justice Schwart - 2013-04-19 07:34

      There are deserving white students who have to battle to stay at university, due to lack of financial assistance and bursaries. Very unfair!.

  • Clement Thabo Mathebula - 2013-04-19 07:12

    Mr JZ your fellow citizens have to toyi-toyi to get 5,5 salary increase but is easy for you to give Mugabe 900m and choppers: well I think we can remove those E-tolls and give it to Mr Bob for free or wat do u say Mantashe?

  • LĂ©viter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-04-19 07:21

    Wherever there is draconian desperate ANC this & ANC that and ANC in your face all day long like a forced picture of zuma thrust up your nose like a gnarled finger you find death, violently protesting millions, extreme racism, hate, sick psyche, paranoia, all or nothing, schizophrenic rhetoric, criminal corruption, nepotism, tribalism and cracked collapsing everything, including self worth, business and farming. NO INCLUSIVENESS IN THEM AT ALL. Just kill SA citizens and hug a foreign dictator or foreigner who has bags of easy cash, even a rich WHITE foreigner. You get what you vote for!

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-04-19 07:24

    Zuma = Mugabe = Stupid

      Regte Boer - 2013-04-19 08:09

      The voters that vote them in are even more stupid.

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-04-19 09:08

    Yup, the Std 3 herds boy making brilliant decisions as usual. God help us under these fools.

  • JMaree - 2013-04-19 10:07

    "retired in 2007", this is a prime example of how efficient the cANCer is, 6 years to transport some chopper parts over the border. WOW! Well done!

  • Richard Young - 2013-04-19 10:41

    Use the Alouettes for anti-poaching tasks. They should be good for at least another ten years. Some of the Bell Hueys used in Vietnam are still flying after over 50 years after initial deployment in 1960. The SAAF Alouettes have crates worth of valuable spare parts and all of the logistics needed to keep them flying safely for a good few more years. South Africans could even buy them from the SAAF and contribute funds back into the fiscus and/or even donate them to good causes like rhino conservation. There are plenty of ex-SAAF and other pilots who would give an eye tooth to get some air time on these aircraft and at the same time make a invaluable contribution to the greater good. I myself could learn to operate the 12,7 or 20 mm machineguns out of the port door.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-04-19 11:24

    They will now go when no one notice. What is the pay off?.

  • Andre Burrows - 2013-04-19 12:18

    Zuma IS Mandela's legacy

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