Sisulu denies aircraft carrier reports

2012-01-20 22:30

Johannesburg - The defence ministry has denied President Jacob Zuma intended buying an aircraft carrier, with convicted fraudster Tony Yengeni deciding who would get the contract.

"I was appalled when I saw the story because I know nothing about the matter," Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told reporters in Johannesburg on Friday.

"There is no truth in that."

The Citizen newspaper on Tuesday reported that Yengeni, the ANC former chief whip, would decide who would get the contract to supply the aircraft carrier, potentially costing even more than the four frigates bought as part of the controversial 1999 R60bn arms deal.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-20 22:56

    Lol. If the plane I am flying in starts to fall apart, I will really be grateful I have a spare one flying behind me. This government is a embarrassment,

  • Steve - 2012-01-20 23:21

    It wasn't an aircraft carrier per se like the USS Ronald Reagan or French Jeanne d' Arc, they were considering a Multi-Role Helicopter Dock Ship. It carries between 6 and 9 helicopters and is based around a rapid deployment option for troops and armoured personnel carriers. Two variants were being considered - one French and one built by Blohm + Voss in Germany. This was in the mid-1990's, the same individuals who participated in selecting the famous 'Arms Deal' options were involved in this as well. It eventually quietly slipped off the table for whatever reason.

      Juan - 2012-01-21 02:39

      Yes Steve as this presents just another opportunity to steal from the taxpayers to buy more useless crap. And then they are in the habit to just blatantly lie to us. Total dishonesty. And that means they have stooped down to the level of the common criminal

  • James - 2012-01-20 23:21

    there goes media

  • Grant - 2012-01-20 23:29

    "The defence ministry has denied President Jacob Zuma intended buying an aircraft carrier" As a rule, ANC officials lie everytime they make a statment but this may well be the exeption. I find the idea of us buying an AC far fetched. We don't have enough sailors to man the submarines we bought when Mandela was president so how can we produce sailors for an AC? A similar problem will be with pilots, not enough to go around.

      Ronald - 2012-01-21 00:38

      As Steve stated in the post above, at was considered but never implemented. Who knows what delusions of grandeur might now be festering. If we look at the lies told in official statements surrounding Zuma's trip to the USA, then the chances are almost 100% that we will soon have another useless monument to the ANC's ability to waste money.

  • Masala Ramabulana - 2012-01-20 23:58

    Corruption will not end as long zuma remain president

      SarelJBotha - 2012-01-21 08:02

      I think he is just a head of the corrupt party, so no, if he goes it will not stop. If the ANC goes it will at least get much better.

  • Mohammed - 2012-01-21 00:00

    Zuma buy an aircraft carrier. What, is it for his personal use you chop. God our media is pathetic.

      Piet - 2012-01-21 10:03

      Why do you say "God" Mohammed, are you praying?

  • Samora - 2012-01-21 00:39

    of course she will deny. she works for the anc

  • Brent - 2012-01-21 03:07

    Problem is: If our navy has the quota system then 75% of our navy can't swim, should we not be investing in rubber ducks or life jackets.

      En - 2012-01-21 05:39

      I think what you're doing right here is mastering the art of pulling "facts" out of your ass. 75% of our navy cant swim (i.e they're useless) but they still get poached by the private sector and even other defence forces around the world? Makes perfect sense...idiot

      En - 2012-01-21 09:06

      I'm glad you aren't to0 EYE. Fact is the average South African is clueless about our defence force. We claim that these people cant swim or cant fly, but yet countries like Australia offer our pilots and sailor instant citizenship (no paperwork) when they come over to poach skills. Every year our newly trained pilots and sailors also get poached by private industry. Are private companies really so desperate that they accept crappy pilots that cant fly, and sailors that cant swim? Does that make any sense?

      Jacqui - 2012-01-21 09:08

      Maybe the Navy can also invest in some paint for their buildings. Around the corner from where I live there are some Navy buildings in a disgusting state. People have to live in them.If that is what their living quarters look like what about the rest?.

      Danny - 2012-01-25 14:56

      Where did you get that statistic from, and what has it got to do with a quota system? Say what you really mean...

  • keith.staniford - 2012-01-21 05:54

    Grant, Don't you know by now, that the ANC government officials are not capable of thinking that far ahead!

  • Ryan - 2012-01-21 06:55

    We know the statement is a lie , as every time the Ass-holes iN Charge open their mouths they lie.

  • Leonard - 2012-01-21 07:26

    Please oh pleeeeese can I be there when they try to land anything on this aircraft carrier. Im willing to stop the child support for my 23 kids

      SeeVeeDeeEl - 2012-01-21 07:53

      Just imagine, having to clear the runway of goats and donkeys first.

  • hendrik.voges - 2012-01-21 07:50

    So OK, if we go by the other story of the spare plane flying to the US of A, or not, the can we assume here that we are in fact getting an aircraft carrier? Same government, same people, same lies!

  • SeeVeeDeeEl - 2012-01-21 07:50

    Bloemfontein 2012: "I em tellin you dis first heah in Mangaung, comrades of de ANC! Weef de rapid strides we hef made since 1994 to beecome de wold powahouse, we ah now goin to buy de aihcraft carry sheep!" Wild scenes of ululating, dancing, small riots and general mayhem, to show the joy at finally going to be seen as the powerhouse that SA has become since 1994. And so the process started...

  • Francois R Nel - 2012-01-21 07:53

    O wonder what lie they will conjure up to cover this one. But believe me it will be a "clangger", i can not wait

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-21 08:01

    Where there is smoke there is or as a fire. I'd love to know the source of this report.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-21 08:12

    The fact that Sisulu denies it proves that it is true. They always, always, always lie - so anything the opposite of what the "cadres" say is the truth. Proved time and time again.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-21 08:13

    ZUMA....."Let me think, Air Craft Carrier 600 Billion.....or creating 5 million jobs" ...errrr...ummmmm.eeerrrr... Eish..."AIRCRAFT CARRIER" He he he he he (rubbing his hands together) *spraying his shower*

  • Kevin - 2012-01-21 08:55

    I assume we need this carrier in order to fend off the imminent threat of invasion from Lesotho or Swaziland...?

      trix.duvenage - 2012-01-21 09:59

      giegiegiegiegie wont be surprised... anything to get away with murder [or millions]

  • clivegoss - 2012-01-21 08:56

    I thought that model,the "Mercedes Yengeni" was over the top. We dont need frigging frigate's or aircraft carriers. We can and have built our own strike craft (which worked) and still works. Build more and station them in every fishing harbour on our coast.This would sort out illegal fishing and PERLEMOEN POACHING as a bonus ! ! Aircraft carrier ? Who is smoking what !

  • Jacqui - 2012-01-21 09:01

    Nothing new then. Sisulu never knows anything about anything.

  • Alva - 2012-01-21 09:07

    Plan gone wrong? Zuma & Co thought the secrecy bill would be in place before the aircraft carrier purchase was leaked.

  • Paul - 2012-01-21 09:35

    I said before ... the more aircraft you deploy on a mission, the more reliable the primary machine gets. An aircraft carrier, even if deployed on Haartbeespoort Dam, will raise the reliability of ALL the aircraft on such a mission by a factor of infinity. QED. Simple engineering, folks!

  • frank.hartry - 2012-01-21 09:44

    Lindiwe Sisulu has become the Government's number one liar. Now it is admitted that two aircraft shadowed the uneducated, rotund, wily machinegun whining president. Once a government is caught out to be deliberately lying to its people one can only presume that it lies about almost everything. So what can we expect when the Secrecy cover-up Information Bill is enacted by this corrupt, thieving, lying government that has absolutely no shame.

  • Michael White - 2012-01-21 09:53

    guys don't foret that we will have to order at least 2 just in case one is sent on a time-critical mission. Like delivering fresh prawn cocktails to Mauritius or something equally relevant.

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-01-21 09:56

    If there is smoke....there could be a fire...and when our guy is involved [especially linked to a 'soulmate'] the ministery better watch out.... Something tells me some people are under the impression that 'arms'is spelled with a 'Z'

  • Piet - 2012-01-21 10:05

    They will use it optimally, like our subs...or perhaps to move cattle around

  • Andrew - 2012-01-21 12:02

    Next she will deny the cost of JZ trip to New York, reported to have been in the region of R10m. If this is true it proves the total disregard for taxpayer money by the present ANC government. Once again must question the need for these expenses, no matter who the person or office of that person. Many thousands of South Africans are starving and just about all of the rest of us have had to tighten our belts and spend less on the bare necessities. Unfortunately, the masses of the poor in RSA will never get to know of these exhorbitant expenses and continue to vote for them so as they can continue riding the gravyPLANE.

  • Mark - 2012-01-21 13:01


  • J.D. - 2012-01-21 14:05

    Lindiwe is SO RIGHT claiming she know nothing about this. She generally know NOTHING about ANYTHING except trying how to look white.

      Henri James Christie - 2012-01-21 22:30

      Yep, the denial will follow and then when the carrier is bought, the nation misunderstood what was initially said. Old stuff, but still working!!!

  • joeballito - 2012-01-21 15:37

    Will yengeni not go away?This is a circus.Bananas.Ancestors.Garlic.Shower.Traditions. Non comprendo.

      paullombard17 - 2012-01-21 20:53

      @Joeballito - LMFAO !! - I couldnt have said it better !!!

      Kevin - 2012-01-22 10:24

      I assume all carriers nowadays are also staffed by Witchdoctors, who can throw the bones in order to determine which way to point the ship..?

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