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MK members receive medals

2012-08-02 16:56

Bloemfontein - Founding members of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the former military wing of the African National Congress, received military service medals from President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.

"Many have been inspired by the veterans of the past," Zuma told a military parade and guests at the Bloemspruit Air Force Base.

It was the first medal parade to be held since the inception of the department of military veterans.

Zuma said all the veterans honoured had made huge sacrifices for today’s generation to enjoy freedom.

Many were now out of uniform, but continued to serve and fight for the success of the country.

Zuma said there were many more unsung heroes in city shops, on the streets and on farms - ordinary citizens who had decided to fight apartheid.

Zuma said the sacrifices made by the men and women honoured should not be forgotten.

"People died for it," he said.

He said it was good to see so many veterans at the parade, some nearly forgotten while the rest of the country enjoyed the freedom they fought for.

Two categories of medals were handed to veterans present at the event or to representatives of their families.

The first was the Military Veterans Decoration in Platinum in Classes one, two and three.

The class one medal recipients were the 10 men who founded MK. They include Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo, and former president Nelson Mandela.

They were awarded the medal for distinguishing themselves through courageous leadership, superior morality, self sacrifice, exemplary patriotism and total devotion to the struggle against apartheid.

The class two medal was awarded to 12 members of the national high command of MK and those who served life sentences with them on Robben Island after the Rivonia Trial.

Recipients included Andrew Mlangeni and Dennis Goldberg.

The class three medals were awarded to 40 MK members who were in the first regional command structures of the former military wing.

The recipients included Vuysile Mini, Ronnie Kasrils, Ben Turok, Peter Magano and Caleb Motsabi.

Comments
  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-02 17:08

    This is well deserved, Thank these Patriots for our Freedom today. Viva Freedom Viva MK.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-02 18:27

      Thank the NP Government for that. We tried the peaceful way with Gandhi and we only got freedom under these circumstances nearly a century later. Why didn't the Afropeans vote for Democracy in the Fifty's...Then Sixties....maybe the Seventies.....Slowly reality in the Eighties and finally freedom in the Nineties. We were forced to play this hand or would still be non-invents in our own Country. Stop being a denialist ( It's pathetic ) and wake-up to the reality of facts.Your Parents were never going to vote for Democracy.We paid our tax and were never privy to what the Government did with it as we were undesirables in the eyes of the oppressor.

      tw2066 - 2012-08-03 05:56

      hahha - thenk you MK for paving the way for a corrrrrupt ANC, whose keeeds are have no boooooks and whose votas have no wek.

  • victor.mahasha - 2012-08-02 17:17

    This mk are just useless man and females

      stanley.marries - 2012-08-02 17:25

      wow...it's because of those ''useless men and females'' that you can enjoy even commenting on a report like this. They were not honoured for what is happening in the country today,but for they fought for during the times when there were ''whites only'' boards placed all over the priviledged areas in South Africa!!!..I think you are an ungreatfull and unappreciative person who are unaware of what went on in this country before 1994!!

      azande.futhi - 2012-08-02 17:44

      Mahala is an orphan he was adopted and raised by an old white couple.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-02 17:45

      Wow!!! How are they useless?? Were they not successful in handing you the freedom that u enjoy today? Many died in the field and you call them useless!? You are an ungrateful person!

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-02 18:29

      This is an alter ego of a Right wing member...hehehehe appendage.

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-08-02 17:22

    Thank you ZUMA my president for recognising MK war vets n don't forget our brothers ZIPRA war vets from Zim who where under Lookout Masuku

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-02 17:24

    lol

  • smallies - 2012-08-02 18:14

    medaljes vir bomme plant in kerkstraat en kleef myne in winkelsentrums ja-nee brawe ouens gewees daai lot.....seker die selfde spulletjie wat oumense op ons plase uitmoor deesdae

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-02 18:30

      Nuus vier en twintig .......mmmmmmmm 4 & 20

      smallies - 2012-08-02 18:57

      hier is nog een wat ek vergeet het vrouens en kinders in n kerk plat skiet (mc bride) ware helde met inbors en karakter die bulle van die struggle

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-02 18:29

    enrico - spot on pal.

      tw2066 - 2012-08-03 05:55

      enrico - your comments gone - yes I also see them as terrorists

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-08-02 18:29

    Hang them!!!! don't give criminals Medals!!!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-08-02 19:05

    Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party. He had pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilizing terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-02 20:03

      Thank the NP Government for that. We tried the peaceful way with Gandhi and we only got freedom under these circumstances nearly a century later. Why didn't the Afropeans vote for Democracy in the Fifty's...Then Sixties....maybe the Seventies.....Slowly reality in the Eighties and finally freedom in the Nineties. We were forced to play this hand or would still be non-invents in our own Country. Stop being a denialist ( It's pathetic ) and wake-up to the reality of facts.Your Parents were never going to vote for Democracy.We paid our tax and were never privy to what the Government did with it as we were undesirables in the eyes of the oppressor. Too many Daft Punks posters that are racist B*stards to the core if they call the MK comrades Terrorist. They were viewed as terrorist by the Apartheid regime hence these detractors disparaging this article are happy to be an that regime today. Just F*ckoff already.

      stanley.marries - 2012-08-02 20:07

      @iceman...you are stupid!

      IcemanGP - 2012-08-02 21:09

      @victor, I ain't interested in your copy paste cANCer propaganda.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-02 19:51

    cANCer still celebrating the long gone past, when they should be hanging their heads in shame. Backslaping each other, brothers in mediocrity...

  • consortium.scenarios - 2012-08-02 21:19

    True heroes, luckily for whites they never gt the chance to feel their rath!!

      consortium.scenarios - 2012-08-03 20:58

      Seriously we were fighting with stones the apartheid military used machine guns and killed indiscriminately civialians mostly young ppl and children en mothers en fathers en tortured them.So really who are the cowards here? and as far as i am concerned anyone who supported the apartheid regime civilian or military was an enemy to democracy and were treated with the necessary measures!

  • Melusi Millzin Hlope - 2012-08-02 23:10

    ok the blew up some churches,killed innocent people blah blah blah they're terrorists,let's examine the old regime.They shot and killed thousands of innocent school kids in 1976,they burnt down and destroyed black settlements,they beat up innocent women of colour for protesting.You don't see anything wrong with it?is that not terrorism?It was time to fight fire with fire,an eye for an eye.Let us be happy that it never escalated

  • WEEEEEZYY - 2012-08-02 23:25

    i salute these comrades,they have done so much for me and the country as whole.they served in the army for my freedom. I salute ya'll comrades,you deserve the recognition.

      tw2066 - 2012-08-03 05:54

      Ha ha - and you got, a corrupt government, a defiant youth league, an expensive toll system, a poor school system, a worse legal system, high unemployment, high crime, high inflation and a defunct army. Salute all day long pal... Ha ha ha...

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-03 05:51

    Tourists

  • ramonamichil.chegwidden - 2012-08-03 07:01

    Tamaranui LMAO stands for Laugh My Ass Off, did not think you would get it with your mentality.

  • morton.christie - 2012-08-05 09:26

    About 12 years back i worked in Angola for a construction company, we lived in a camp with some Russian pilots, one of them was an advisor to FAPLA during the war. he told me that MK was so useless that even FAPLA would not work with them. all my labour were ex FAPLA, they often told me how useless MK was, so bad that FAPLA would avoid them at all costs and never invite them on patrol or to take part in operations.

  • morton.christie - 2012-08-05 09:58

    the Luthuli dedatchment, what a laugh, about 250 terrorists crossed over from Zambia and attacked a police outpost manned by 5 policeman armed with WW2 bolt action rifles. the police beat off all 250 of them, they ran away, all the way to Botswana, most were killed in the follow up but a handful reached Botswana, chris hani was one of them because he ran first and the fastest, he was right up in front leading his troops. the Botswana police were so impressed they locked him up.

  • reg.nagel - 2012-10-10 14:48

    O, Man and were they only COWARDS!!! These m.k

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