Namibia lambastes ex-Koevoet members over 'war vet' demands

2015-02-19 07:44


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Windhoek - The Namibian government has condemned "in the strongest terms" alleged threats made by former members of an apartheid-era South African counter-insurgency police unit, Koevoet, who have demanded recognition and compensation as war veterans.

"Government condemns in the strongest terms the threat made by the former Koevoet and former South West African Territory Force (SWATF) members that demand the [ruling] Swapo party pays compensation," Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Minister Joel Kaapanda stated late on Wednesday.

"The former SWATF and Koevoet members demand that Swapo apologises for having allegedly accused them of planting a bomb that killed 27 people on 19 February 1988 in the [former] Barclays Bank at Oshakati," Kaapanda said in a statement.

According to Kaapanda, the former SWATF and Koevoet members, who formed the Namibia War Veterans Trust (Namvet) a few years ago, had set a deadline for the government to meet their demands.

"They threatened that if their demands are not met by 1 April, they would 'put sand in the meal'.

"The government will not be intimidated by their threats, it will remain vigilant... if any threats are being encountered, government's response will be robust and timely," the minister said.

The Namibian government adopted a policy of national reconciliation at independence in March 1990 and former SWATF and ex-Koevoet members were taken up in the new Namibia Defence Force and the Namibian Police.

A few years ago, the government put in place a War Veterans Act, according to which only those who fought for Namibia's liberation are recognised as war veterans and can apply for compensation.

Those who fought on the South African side, even though they were forced by conscription, are not recognised.

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