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MK tells YCL to respect Sisulu

2009-09-03 20:11

Johannesburg - The Young Communist League must respect the minister of defence, the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) said on Thursday.

"MKMVA condemns the unwarranted attacks on the minister of defence... it is important that we desist from creating a situation where the command structure... is disturbed by disrespect," MKMVA secretary general Ayanda Dlodlo said.

She said Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu showed genuine appreciation of her duties, and her actions demonstrated her willingness to play her role in transforming the conditions of defence force members and military veterans.

Military background

"We should appreciate the fact that this is one minister who, because she too has a military background, understands the military and has full cognisance of the protocols of the command and control chain of the military as an institution.

"MKMVA will defend the minister, as she is a member of our association, and we will be the first to criticise where we feel she is faltering in her duties... we will not be silent."

On Tuesday the YCL condemned the minister for dismissing soldiers involved in strike action late last month.

Breadwinners

It said the move by the minister did not help the matter but exacerbated it further.

"Dismissing soldiers who are breadwinners and heads of family households implies that the minister is using dismissal as a political tool to avoid dealing with the gist of the matter.

"We call on the minister of defence and military veterans not to solve the problem by avoiding it, but by urgently giving the soldiers a hearing," the YCL said in statement.

The SA National Defence Force has issued up to 2 000 letters of dismissal to soldiers who took part in the illegal protest at the Union Buildings.