Military veterans receive houses

2015-12-16 06:00
MESCHACK MARUPING COEDIE was one of the 21 military veterans who received fully furnished houses from the Free State government on Thursday (10/12).            Photo: Sidwell Guduka

MESCHACK MARUPING COEDIE was one of the 21 military veterans who received fully furnished houses from the Free State government on Thursday (10/12). Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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AS many as 21 military veterans in the Free State received early Christmas gifts on Thursday (10/12).

They were given fully furnished houses by the National Department of Military Veterans and the Free State provincial government.

The handover, which was done at Lourier Park in Bloemfontein, formed part of a multi-million rand project aimed at addressing the housing needs of veterans from various military organisations.

The minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, her deputy minister, Zou Kota-Fredericks, premier Ace Magashule as well as the deputy minister of Defense and Military Veterans, Kebby Maphatsoe, handed out keys to the recipients.

“We are happy to give these houses to our military veterans.

“These houses are not in any way a favour, because nothing can repay or compensate them for the sacrifices they made to ensure the freedom and democracy of South Africa,” said Magashule.

Maphatsoe expressed his gratitude and said that he was too overwhelmed to describe how he felt.

He said he was thinking about the veterans who stayed loyal as soldiers

They stayed loyal despite the reality that the danger of dying while fighting for the country, followed them constantly. The 70-year-old Meshack Maruping Coedie was one of the lucky recipients of the newly-built houses.

“I feel great and it means a lot to me,” said Coedie.

“In fact, I am honoured by the privilege of being an official home owner as opposed to renting a mere lousy flat somewhere,’’ he concluded.

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