MKVA members unhappy over unkept promises

2015-12-09 06:00

FED up with unkept promises, members of Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKVA), from Moses Mabhida region, on Friday held a peaceful march to the city hall to present a memorandum of grievances to municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi.

The march, which started at Dales Park comprised of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), South African Community Party (SACP) and South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) members.

MKVA secretary in the Moses Mabhida region, Menzi Mkhize, said despite having fought towards the liberation of the country they feel the government is neglecting them.

“Following the Mangaung conference in 2007, there were resolutions that were made with regards to former Umkhonto weSizwe soldiers, but they have not been implemented since then. We have tried engaging with various governmental officials, but there is nothing promising.

“The employment ratio of MK soldiers is way too low, particularly in government departments, including the municipality. Even dependants of dead MK members are not taken care of by the government as promised. There was also a promise that children of unemployed MK members will be employed by the government, but that was also never fulfilled.

“There are many empty promises, and we played a huge role in this country, yet some of us do not even have proper houses, let alone access to basic services.

“We are fed up with engaging in unfruitful debates with the government and are calling for the implementation of Mangaung resolutions.”

Mkhize said they decided on a peaceful march because they are not fighting with the government, rather they are calling for the implementation of the promises that were made to them.

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