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Lekota 'misleading' whites to join air force
« on: November 13, 2006, 07:44:20 pm »
Lekota 'misleading' whites to join air force
 
Pretoria, South Africa
Mail & Guardian13 November 2006

Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota is misleading whites when he asks them to join the South African National Defence Force, Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said on Monday.

This follow a report in Beeld newspaper on Monday that top white students undergoing flight training at the South African Air Force will not be trained as fighter pilots because they have to make way for black students.

"We have no other choice. We are obliged to adhere to government's policy of affirmative action," Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano, chief of the air force, was quoted as saying to the paper.

Traditionally the top students have the choice where they want to go. The top three students chose to be fighter pilots but because they have to make way for black students they will now have to choose between helicopter and transport-plane flying.

"The air force has now proven that the aspirations, ideals and hard work of these young people are being destroyed as a result of their race," Groenewald said.

"The rejection of the top three trainee pilots for training on the Hawk fighter jets, just because they are white, makes a mockery of Lekota," he added.

He said Lekota's assurances that whites would not be discriminated against in the defence force have now been proved wrong.

"The continuous rejection of merit and lowering of standards will cause flying accidents which will not only cause loss of life but will also be wasting taxpayers' money," Groenewald said. -- Sapa