MKMVA vets are hopeful that the ANC will finally address their longstanding grievances Picture: Supplied
Durban - Members of the ANC’s uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) are hopeful that the ANC will finally address issues that have left many of them destitute.

The MK veterans want to be given special pensions, jobs and business opportunities and housing by the ANC-led government.

About 100 members of the association invaded the ANC provincial headquarters in Durban on Monday, demanding that the party address their demands.

They complained that despite the passing of the Military Veterans Act, which is aimed at ensuring all veterans that were involved in the fight against apartheid benefit in jobs and business opportunities, nothing at all has happened.

In the past few months the association has taken a tough stance, embarking on a pressure campaign, invading municipalities and demanding job opportunities for their members.

“The outcomes of the meeting were positive but I am leaving room for disappointment. We are hopeful that since the matter has been escalated to the provincial leadership, it will be addressed,” said MKMVA chairperson in eThekwini Mxolisi Nyuswa.

“We communicated to the leadership that the problem seems to be the lack of implementation and enforcement of the Military Veterans Act. They resolved that they would need to investigate what has been the cause of the delays,” he said.

Nyuswa said the ANC had done all it could to address and benefit the veterans, but it was the individuals assigned by the party to deliver the programmes for the veterans that had let it down.

“Most of the problems lie at the implementation level by the officials, they do not sign off on documents and in some cases they prioritise their own relatives and friends.”

Nyuswa also cautioned against opportunists, who are younger than the age of 40 and are claiming to be veterans.

“The youngest veteran would be around 41-years-old, anyone below that is not a veteran. MK last recruited in 1993.

"When people come to us claiming to be veterans we vet them, we demand information on who served with them and who trained them. No one can just claim to be a veteran,” he said.

ANC spokesperson Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu said there were agreements made between the leadership and the veterans.

The Mercury