Adekunle Owolabi
1 minute read
18 Oct 2017
3:29 pm

LISTEN: Kebby Maphatsoe recounts how he lost his arm

Adekunle Owolabi

In a radio interview, Maphatsoe spoke about how he lost his arm in a tragic shooting while being chased by armed rebels.

Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association president Kebby Maphatsoe. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

While speaking about rumours that he had run away from an ANC camp in Zambia, Maphatose recounted the story of how his arm was shot off.

He had lost a lot of blood, lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital, where his arm was amputated.

“They were chasing us thinking that we are rebels, only to find that we are not. I was in front, and other comrades were following behind me. So they shot me … in fact, I was supposed to be dead. Fortunately, God is there.

“I was shot in the hand, but they ceased fire after realising that we were not rebels. That is why I was taken to Mulago camp and a hospital in Uganda, and after that I was repatriated back to South Africa. I went back to the camps and stayed there until the ANC repatriated us back, then we went to Luthuli House to explain ourselves,” he said.

Listen to the audio below

 

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/1681589/mk-veterans-feud-gathers-momentum/