Submarine crash questioned

Members of the South African Navy in Simons Town on 07 October 2011. Picture: Zamuxolo Mathayi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – A recent accident involving one of the South African Navy's submarines “smacks of poor training”, the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) said on Monday. 

The SAS Queen Modjadji is in Simon’s Town for repairs after hitting the ocean floor during an exercise off the East Coast.

The navy launched a board of inquiry to investigate the incident.

Both the SAS Manthatisi and the SAS Charlotte Maxeke are also undergoing routine maintenance.

FF+’ Pieter Groenewald said, “This accident actually speaks of negligence and poor training.” 

“To allege that an investigation had to be initiated into safety measures is actually misleading to the public.”

(Edited by Clare Matthes)