Mpumalanga MEC for Human Settlements Speedy Mashilo said his department would hand over 21 houses to the military veterans in Emalahleni as part of the government's efforts to fight poverty. Picture: ANA Pictures
Mbombela – Mpumalanga MEC for Human Settlements Speedy Mashilo said on Sunday his department would hand over 21 houses to the military veterans in Emalahleni on Thursday this week as part of the government's efforts to fight poverty.

"I was once the mayor of Nkangala and I know the problems of the Nkangala region as a whole," Mashilo told the African News Agency (ANA) shortly after he was re-elected unopposed as ANC's Nkangala regional chairperson at the two-day conference that ended on Sunday at Zithabiseni Resort.

He said the military veterans who would get houses included those who served in the African National Congress' military wing known as Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), those who served in the military wing of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania known as the Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA), as well as those who served in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

He said his department was currently building another 3 000 houses for ordinary poor people of Emalahleni.

"The ANC had acquired liberation through the effort of Umkhonto weSizwe comrades. As we enjoy the fruits of freedom, the majority of them today are unemployed, homeless and facing abject poverty. These military veterans have families and we will also give them houses. I cannot at this stage say when the other 3 000 houses will be completed."

Mashilo said he would also create a better relationship between municipal councillors and traditional leaders in his capacity as ANC chairperson in the Nkangala region.

Other ANC leaders who were re-elected uncontested at the Nkangala regional conference were deputy regional chairperson Thomas Ngwenya, regional secretary Leah Mabuza, deputy regional secretary Thomas Mabena and regional treasurer Moko Tlou.