Zuma honours struggle veterans

2012-10-28 21:31
President Jacob Zuma has honoured struggle veterans. (AP)

President Jacob Zuma has honoured struggle veterans. (AP)

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Johannesburg - South Africa had a constitutional and legal obligation to honour those who had sacrificed for freedom, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

"We honour and memorialise our military veterans not as a favour or gesture. They are the greatest heritage of any nation," he said.

Zuma was speaking at the second military veterans medals parade at Waterkloof Airforce base in Pretoria.

The event was aimed at honouring the contribution of the participants of the military struggle against apartheid.

Zuma said it was 22 years since the ANC was unbanned, resulting in the return of many struggle activists.

"Most of them returned back home with nothing after serving this country selflessly for so long."

He said some had already passed on while many would follow without having received any benefits. "The administration processes aimed at finalising the establishment of the department of military veterans as a stand-alone department are being fast tracked."

He said these would ensure that proper systems were put in place to assist with the registration of the veterans and ensure that they have access to benefits and services.

"This is necessary to ensure that no one is left out and that there are no fraudulent beneficiaries when the benefits are rolled out".

Some of these benefits and services would include free education for children, housing, transport and medical care.

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