Bill to provide benefits for veterans

2010-11-18 13:06

Cape Town - A bill that will honour veterans and ensure a "seamless" transition from active military service to civilian life has been approved by Cabinet and sent to Parliament for processing.

Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thabang Makwetla told journalists in Cape Town on Thursday that should the military veterans bill become law it would provide comprehensive benefits and services for veterans.

"This represents a new epoch for military veterans in the history of our country," Makwetla said.

"It is in line with other nations of the world on how they value and treat those who are and were prepared to serve and at times pay the supreme sacrifice in pursuit of a better future for all."

Costs being calculated

Makwetla said the bill had not yet been "costed" and that the department was still calculating this.

He said the proposed law would benefit around 57 000 former soldiers who rendered military service to any of the military organisations involved on all sides of South Africa's liberation war from 1960 to 1994, including those who served in the Union Defence before 1961 and those who became members of the SA National Defence Force after 1994.

"The SADF (South African Defence Force) are very much part of the defence force we have today," Makwetla said.

"All are part of the military veterans community this bill is targeting."

The benefits and support to the veterans will include healthcare support, housing, business opportunities, military pensions, access to public transport, job placement and counselling.

The bill makes provision for a national umbrella body for veterans, the South African National Military Veterans Association and the formation of an appeals board to serve as a recourse on declined membership or eligibility to a specific benefit.

  • GV - 2010-11-18 13:23

    I was forced to do 2 years national service. The alternative was to spend 2 years in jail. I think I too should be compensated for 2 stolen years.

      j.malemmer - 2010-11-18 13:34

      plus the sun tan mark on my bum! My liver also suffered as dop was so cheap!

      waynet59 - 2010-11-18 14:12

      GV it is only fair that all the national service conscripts receive the same package with this new bill.We shall wait and see.

  • bill - 2010-11-18 13:33

    Has not been costed ?What idiot introduces a bill without knowing the economic implications thereof ! Oh yes, Ms "badhair" throw a tantrum Sisulu.Why worry, it's only taxpayers( whites) money thrown at these gangsters in order to buy their votes.

      waynet59 - 2010-11-18 14:13

      Normal 'planning' has resumed.

  • Dudley - 2010-11-18 14:07

    Hundreds of thousands of white males served in the SADF!!Some of our brother's still carry the scars(mentally) of QUETO CANEVALLE LOMBARIVER, via nightmares,PTSD to name a few!

  • conrad.mouton1 - 2012-02-29 20:12

    I wonder when will this happen, if it happens. Sounds more like a hoax.

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