“The SA Air Force lost control of the airspace of the Waterkloof AFB on the morning of December 9  and had difficulties in managing the influx of Heads of State aircraft for the memorial service for Nelson Mandela‚” the memo said.
The SANDF however‚ has poured cold water on the claims.
"The management of the airspace and parking of aircraft at Air Force Base Waterkloof and other designated airfields was done according to a well-coordinated and executed plan during the funeral service of Mr Nelson Mandela‚" said Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi on Thursday. "There was no unauthorised parking‚" he added.
"The documents‚ which are apparently circulated‚ are not intelligence nor finally evaluated. They are treated as information‚" he added.
The memo reads: “Over 90 Heads of State arrived at Waterkloof AFB from December 8-9 2013 for leaders to attend the December 9 2013 memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Due to prior poor planning from the government on the preparation and execution of the events to honour Mr Mandela after his passing‚ the SAAF was not prepared to receive so many (heads of state) aircraft in a short time span.”