Mil­i­tary snubbed MPs, says DA

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - PO­LIT­I­CAL BUREAU

THE DA has ac­cused the SA Na­tional De­fence Force and Min­is­ter of De­fence of “winning en­e­mies and los­ing friends” by seem­ingly drop­ping par­lia­men­tary de­fence over­sight com­mit­tee mem­bers from its in­vi­ta­tion lists.

DA de­fence spokesman MP David Maynier com­plained that MPs had again been over­looked when the South African Air Force (SAAF) cel­e­brated its 90th an­niver­sary at Swartkop Air Field in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day.

“This is part of a pat­tern,” an ag­grieved Maynier said yes­ter­day. Mem­bers of this com­mit­tee have not been in­vited to al­most any key de­fence force func­tion since last year.

Depart­ment of De­fence spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said “all stake­hold­ers of the Depart­ment of De­fence, in­clud­ing the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee, are on the guest list and would rou­tinely be in­vited”.

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