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Gauteng MK vets back Zuma

2012-10-09 16:24

Johannesburg - The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association's (MKMVA) Gauteng branches will back President Jacob Zuma for a second term, despite pronouncements by its provincial executive that it would remain neutral.

"In our engagement from branches, regional executive committee [REC] meetings... and interaction with other MKMVA regions within Gauteng we have unanimously agreed that we are fully behind comrade Jacob Zuma," Ekurhuleni MKMVA secretary Bafana Mahlale told reporters in Germiston on Tuesday.

"Our approach is that of unity, continuity and change, which we believe is the most scientific way to ensure a stable ANC."

He said the announcement by the MKMVA's provincial executive committee, made at the Gauteng African National Congress's provincial general council on Sunday, to be "neutral active", was disturbing.

The position was not backed by the branches.

"This is a very strange concept and it's not mandated by us as regions and therefore it's not an official position of the MKMVA in Gauteng," Mahlale said.

"As former combatants... we can never and will never be neutral in the life of the ANC."

The MKMVA branches' preferred candidate list retained Zuma as president, Kgalema Motlanthe as deputy president, Baleka Mbete as national chair, and Gwede Mantashe as secretary general.

Jessie Duarte was named for the position of deputy secretary general. Deputy Correctional Services Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi was listed to replace treasurer Mathews Phosa.

Mahlale said the list was accepted by all the MKMVA's Gauteng regions. He said this position would be maintained at its national conference between October 11 and 14.

The branches also resolved to support current MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe for a second term. Mahlale said the regions had decided that Phosa had erred by coming out in support of expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, despite the mandate that the NEC would accept the sanctions.

"We cannot have a situation where if the ANC processes are being done and followed... you have a member of the top six come out to defend the man that the ANC alleges to be in the wrong," he said.

"We believe that the behaviour of Julius Malema couldn't be what it was unless it was backed by certain individuals in the national leadership. It is a known fact that comrade Phosa is one of those people."

The regions supported the development at Zuma's Nkandla homestead, saying it was a normal thing for a president to do, and that recent media reports about it were a form of "character assassination".

"We believe that as ex-combatants that he [Zuma] is very much concerned about our welfare.

"This is a man who is very much accessible. He is not operating like a CEO in a political organisation... [he] is accessible to every grouping in the country to make sure that everybody is being taken care of."

Mahlale said the Nkandla development, which would reportedly cost taxpayers over R200m, was not a crisis.

"We do not support any extravagance in expenditure by government, especially to the residences of individuals. Here we are dealing with a principle which says it is part of government's programme to do infrastructure development.

"That it happens in Nkandla... should not be a crisis that people make a noise about."

Comments
  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-09 16:37

    As a group, MK will, I think, follow the same pattern as Zim "War Vets" have - stick with the source that will give you money and influence. That means MKPF will continue with their parasitic role by supporting Zuma - until, or unless he looks like losing.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-09 16:49

      They replaced Phosa because of his support of Malema, what about Kgalema? Forked tongue...............

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-10-09 17:04

      Now - Daddy - Can we please have a Tender and more ....

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-09 17:15

      Is there still a place for MK in this country?

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-09 17:15

      @Rustic...spot-on after all its not Zuma's money so why would he care, staying in power keeps him out of jail.

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-10-09 16:45

    They dont wanna let go his gravy train nowonder they want a change.

  • phillip.phogole - 2012-10-09 16:53

    The mkvma are mad I did not gave mandate to support Zuma Iam mk member I dont support Zuma

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-09 16:58

      Then don't vote for the ANC - because if you do, you say that you support Zuma.

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-09 18:43

      Sorry bru. Can you rephrase that?

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-09 17:01

    We need to know why people need Zuma to serve a second term, and why they do not need him to serve a second term? We need to know why he shoud serve a second term as well, the Right to Know Group should ask those question

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-09 17:07

    The only Vets part is Age : They never did nor ever could have fought their way out of a Paper Bag .

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-09 17:27

      How old is this moron Bafana Mahlale?

      adam.gardener.12 - 2012-10-09 18:58

      The only action they will see is when they shoot themselves in the foot.

  • Michael - 2012-10-09 17:07

    ANCWL, MKMVA, MPUMALANGA, NORTH WEST, FREESTATE, KZN and 50% almost in all other Province support Zuma, where will Motlanthe get the numbers?

      mzwa.mthombeni - 2012-10-09 17:27

      Michael,you seem to notice the writing on the wall. As the Zumani gains momentum,the noises will drown. He's a political fox,its curtains for the forces of change.

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-10-09 17:35

      Latest news ECape has spoken JZ 42 term finish n klaar

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-09 17:08

    offcourse you are useless as he is

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-09 17:28

      I agree...

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-09 17:10

    MK veterans....now there's a ringing endorsement from a bunch of cowardly terrorists.

      phahla.matwa - 2012-10-09 17:20

      Maybe u r a murderer

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-09 17:23

      Tell that to my friend who is wheel chair bound after the St james massacre...

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-10-09 17:28

      @henkvanrensburg, tell that to my friend who is wheelchair bound after soweto masacre in 1976

      mbuzi.khumbula - 2012-10-09 17:33

      those are freedom fighters broer not terrorists. if weren't them there would be no democracy. please don't insult our grandfather Mandela who is the founder of the MK

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-09 18:38

      Sorry to burst your bubble, mbuzi, but the MK weren't the reason for your "demoracy". Sanctions and De Klerk were the cause. If it were up to MK alone we would still have a civilized country. Also I'm not your "broer".

      mbuzi.khumbula - 2012-10-09 18:54

      roger when were you born? i think the 90 next to your name tells it all. you've been misinformed. do an impartial research you will find out not only the truth but the real truth behind democracy. yes sanctions played a small role but you must also give credit where it is due. broerrrr

  • butch.poulter - 2012-10-09 17:14

    What war were MK involved in?? Besides terrorism cant think of a real battle they fought in.

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-10-09 17:22

      Terrorists were whites banned by UN while MKs were traveling all the world

      mbuzi.khumbula - 2012-10-09 17:35

      war against your racist mentality.

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-09 18:46

      They never did. Read my comment

      mbuzi.khumbula - 2012-10-09 19:28

      I am starting to believe that News24 commenters most of them are racist and they don't want to accept reality.

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-09 17:15

    who are those idiots voting for Zuma

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-09 18:47

      40 million of them

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-09 19:13

      What you said - people that believe it is going to rain cars and washing machines

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-09 17:17

    The ANCWL backing him is slap in the face to all women. The war vets go with the money, because it it nice to just receive. Forgotten are all their friends who died in camp Quatro, by these so called struggle heroes that runs the country.

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-09 17:18

    no one can vote for Zuma unless he bribe them to vote for him

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-09 17:22

    Once again. Moral values cannot be taught. If these people had any values he would have been in jail a long time ago. But alas in Africa despots seems to rule forever.

  • mathivha.obert - 2012-10-09 17:25

    Which planet are these people supporting Zuma coming from?

  • moko.brian - 2012-10-09 17:29

    These Vets are dom. They should stay away from politics and continue with their professions (taking car of animals)

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-10-09 17:30

    @mothiva Planet of the apes?

  • lephans.lufuno - 2012-10-09 17:32

    To hel wit dis mkva, dey dnt understand wat is happening and apart 4rm dat dey bhave lyk de blind pple. Its obvious dat jz is corrupt it doesn't need adu thuli to start her job coz de writting is on de walls and billboards even a blind man can see it.

  • thuso.mokwa - 2012-10-09 17:44

    We not voting for Zuma, he had his chance. And with that kind of money for nkandla project: hai.....a lot of students drop because of financial crisis. We cant afford to fund the project 2bn while there are a lot of crises happening in our country(people striking everyday, affecting the countries efficiency to produce, transport and trade)

  • kindness.sweet - 2012-10-09 17:59

    They support him because he allowed them to use their power wherever he goes. They punch people around and don't punished. what is the purpose of them in our democracy??? why do they still exist? who is paying this group, is it our taxes??? Bunch of idiots if you ask me. why dont they participate in the textbooks saga, marikana, poor service delivery, poor state, lack of employment for the youth, high poverty rate and inequalities??? Thy just come out and support the dummest of them all, blinds leading the blinds.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-10-09 18:40

    I don't think South Africa can handle another Zuma term , its going to take years to repair the damage already done .

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-09 18:42

    I always say the problem with them is they cease to develop intelectually in their mid teens. Just take the ridiculous yellow shoulder pads, make them red and...we have judge Dred. Only this dude seems to champion a bunch of self appointed elite troops that did very little but engage extremely soft targets. I wonder how it would go down if UK troops in Iraq would target a wimpy?

  • de.stig.9 - 2012-10-09 18:50

    yawn

  • spiekeries - 2012-10-09 18:58

    Ha haaa ha, veterans of what, long distance running from the mighty SADF? These bunch of clowns could not even take on farm women and children head on, never mind real army personel, what a plippen joke.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-09 19:14

      Well said, well said indeed

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-09 19:10

    AAAG F** - I give up - clearly idiotic tendencies can be bred in but never ever bred out

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-09 20:53

      Flashing money in front of any of those imbeciles' faces is like waving a carrot in front of a donkey.

  • whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-09 20:50

    Well let's look on the bright side - at least we can have peace of mind knowing that as long as Zuma is in charge, the ANC is a sinking ship.

  • bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-09 20:56

    Anything else is better then ANC. 1million member for what? lets Vote for another party and let those 1million members who think our money is for they taking suffer in the dark. Tender wolves

  • sakkiem - 2012-10-09 21:20

    God help us

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-10-10 08:43

    cANCer forget abt my votes des tym around. last tym i voted u coz i didn't hv much choice. Back Zuma & loose votes.

      musawakhe.ngubane - 2012-10-10 09:49

      No Chief, you think you are important. Just go! We have seen people going, just like in that cope fashion show in 2009. They thought they owned the ANC. Many of them came back and begged for forgiveness for making stupid decesions while being angry. If you go Chief, we will not miss you. We beleive that we must raise our issues inside the ANC, because it is cold outside the ANC. We did not leave the ANC before Polokwane, we fought until we regained our ANC. Look at former comrades: Holomisa, Lekota, Malema- Where are they? It is really cold outside the ANC.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-11 05:28

      ANC FOR THE ZULUS THE IMBECILES

      mbuso.khumalo.100 - 2012-10-17 13:21

      You know what Lesetja, if you don't have anything to say just shut up!!. Because wthr u like it or not Zuma will be re-elected in mangaung,come dec u will c

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