Tempers flare in long wait for sub

Shaun Gillham

TEMPERS frayed and tensions rose as hundreds of people, who had queued for hours to see the SA Navy’s attack submarine in the Port Elizabeth Harbour, were turned away on Saturday and yesterday.

The SAS Charlotte Maxeke docked on Friday and was berthed near the port’s naval base, the SAS Donkin, where it was to be open for public viewing between 9am and 3pm on Saturday and yesterday.

But the submarine was relocated to another berth early on Saturday, causing a three-hour delay which led to a lot of sightseers being turned away on both days.

Lieutenant Gert van Staaden, of the Port Elizabeth Naval Cadet Base, said the delay had caused problems among those hoping to get on board the submarine.

“It was chaos. Some people wanted to get violent – there were some very aggressive people here.

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