Tutu praises Air­bus or­der can­cel­la­tion

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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.

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