Alex Mitchley
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9 Sep 2014
1:06 pm

MK Vets should be ‘disbanded’

Alex Mitchley

The National Freedom Party Youth Movement (NFPYM) has called for the disbanding of the MKHonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA).

Deputy Minister of Defense and chairperson of the MKMVA Kebby Maphatsoe. Picture: Refilwe Modise

“…As the NFPYM we no longer see the relevance of such a structure in our society because other military wings were dissolved a long time ago. Why is MKMVA still kept even 20 years after democracy?” said secretary general of the NFPYM, Maria Busi Tshabalala.

The statement was in response to the recent attack on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela by the MKMVA.

The Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans chairperson, Kebby Maphatsoe, claimed that the Public Protector is a spy and was also running a parallel government.

During the briefing held on Monday, Maphatsoe challenged Madonsela to tell the country who her “handlers” are, labelling her an enemy agent.

The NFPYM stated that Maphatsoe’s utterances are inciting violence against Madonsela.

“Apartheid is long gone and there’s no threat to South Africa, except this group of veterans who are a societal danger. MK must close shop,” said Tshabalala.

“We can’t have a structure whose presence does not assist the country in anyway, but instead is costly and boasts leaders who clearly cannot think but speaks hogwash.”

Tshabalala added that President Jacob Zuma should give Chapter 9 institutions the same respect that he has given the ANC and in doing so pay back some of the money spent on his Nkandla homestead.’

The ANC has called the exchange is extremely unfortunate, but said it had no information to comment further on the matter. Government has distanced itself from Maphatsoe’s claim that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela works for the CIA, while the US Embassy confirmed that the country’s ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard would lodge an official diplomatic complaint.

The South African National Defence Union (SANDU) has also called on Zuma to axe Maphatsoe for the comments he made.

Madonsela herself has given Maphatsoe three days to prove his claim or issue a retraction with a public apology. If Maphatsoe fails to do so, legal steps will be taken.