Liberation fighters should not loose hope

2015-04-30 13:41

Members of the Azanian National Liberation (Azanla) who attend the verification process at the SA 9 Battallion Military base last week.

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Members of the Azanian National Liberation (Azanla) who attend the verification process at the SA 9 Battallion Military base last week. PhOTO: zla mkonto

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The process of verifying cadres who fought in the Azanian National Liberarty Army (Azanla) so that they can be enlisted in the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) is still underway.

Western Cape’s Azanla commander Zola Mosia said they were working with national government to ensure that all their cadres were verified.

“We did not participate in the almagamation of forces because we were suspicious of being absorbed by the defence force. This means our cadres do not enjoy the benefits like othe military veterans,” said Mosia.

He said the process of verification has been underway since last year and the third round will be announced soon.

Azapo provincial chairperson Godfrey Afrika said it was important that Azanla fighters attend these verification panels.

“Their recognition is long overdue and we encourage all those who were involved to come out,” he said.

Azanla regional secretary Lungiswa Somlota said a few number of their cadres has come forward but they are expecting more people to attend the next round.

“The verification process is structured in a way that we can sniff out chancer takers from the word go. So far many of those who came forward are legit,” she said.

She said a new date for verification will be announced.

One of the military veterans who was positively vetted was Zukile Nkokheli Sinama.

He said the verification process meant that Azanla fighters and their families would get benefits like medical aid and education opportunities.

“We are very excited about this because we contributed to the country’s liberation,” he said.

Those who have not been verified can call Somlota on 0827295909

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