Tutu praises Airbus order cancellation
ARCHBISHOP Emeritus Desmond Tutu has commended the government’s decision to cancel an order for military aircraft, his office said yesterday.
During times of extreme economic distress, spending billions of rand on military aircraft could not be justified, Tutu said.
This week the government terminated South Africa’s contract to buy eight multi-billionrand Airbus A400M strategic lift military aircraft because of delivery delays and sky-rocketing costs.
South Africa signed the deal to buy the aircraft in December 2004. At the time the cost of the planes was put at R17.6 billion.
However the cost has nearly trebled to R47bn.