Confusion abounds at uMkhonto Wesizwe farm

2018-07-06 06:00
Former SACP secretary-general and Nelson Mandela’s body guard, Ronnie Matshaya. PHOTO: khaya magenu

Former SACP secretary-general and Nelson Mandela’s body guard, Ronnie Matshaya. PHOTO: khaya magenu

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UMKHONTO Wesizwe Military Veterans (MKVA)Farm project members in Cedarville are up in arms over allegations of misconduct by the mayor of King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality from Mthatha, Dumani Zozo.

Members accuse the mayor of stealing more than forty cattle from the MKVA corporative farm based in Cedarville near Matatiele.

Zozo, however, has refuted claims that he donated his livestock to the veterans, alleging that MK Military Veterans slaughtered his cattle at the farm without his consent.

The 2800 hector farm features a few buildings, dams and disused implements. When the Fevervisited the farm, a handful group of MK Military Veterans were on the site that seemed to only be home to a few cows and chickens, who were feeding at the time. There was also no clean water and no electricity.

Dumani Zozo said he realised that the veterans were slaughtering his cows and that the farm was deteriorating in their hands. He said he never donated the livestock to the veterans but that they had reached an agreement to keep them on the farm.

“I cannot work for an adult male who is irresponsible and wants to feed on the carcass of other people without having worked for himself. It is the responsibility of everyone in this country to wake up and work for themselves so that they can have a better life” said Zozo.

MK Military Veterans Corporative‘s legal advisor Advocate Sindiso Matotie told the Fever that they have solid evidence that livestock was donated to the Kela farms owned by MK military Veterans.

Meanwhile, MK Military Veterans Kela Farm’s project’s Ronnie Matshaya has called for the intervention of the office of the president in matters of the farm.

It’s not clear how the feud between the mayor and the MK Military Veterans will end as some ex combatants have threatened to defend any attempts to take the farm away from them.

They say the land where they house fellow homeless combatants is their only hope for survival.

Matatiele Police spokesperson Raphael Motloung confirmed the incident, saying that Matshaya opened a case of trespassing against Zozo while Zozo had also opened a case of stock theft against Matshaya. He said no one has been arrested and both cases are still under investigation.

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