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Department to verify soldiers

2013-03-13 19:36

Johannesburg - Azanian People’s Liberation Movement veterans who were excluded from the 1994 integration into the defence force would be verified, the defence department said on Wednesday.

The department and the Azanian People’s Liberation Movement Veterans' Association (APLAMVA) met in Pretoria on Tuesday to discuss "matters of mutual concern".

"The meeting we held noted the need to verify former APLAMVA members who were left out during the integration process of 1994/5," they said in a joint statement afterwards.

"In that regard, the meeting agreed on looking at the verification process with a view to beefing its capacity such that it can operate in an inclusive, transparent and fair manner."

They agreed at the meeting that there was a need for an "urgent" national conference within the next three months.

"The conference will ensure effective participation of all military veterans on policy and matters affecting them."

They said there was a need to have a system and policy which would guide and help improve the relationship between APLAMVA and other military veteran associations and the department.

Comments
  • neil.zive - 2013-03-13 20:02

    Terrorists

      Mathata Fela - 2013-03-13 21:26

      Sandile, it is about time that they start calling for something because up to now they were only begging and breeding....not much to be proud of.

      Sandile Makana - 2013-03-14 06:21

      Meant to say allegiance

  • Timothy - 2013-03-13 20:15

    I foresee eager expectations of backdated compensation and employment possibilities on the horizon, and the member list twice the size it really was...cough up tax payers!

  • zelda.matthews - 2013-03-13 20:20

    If i cough up anymore tax then i wont have lungs left!!!! Prob what they want

  • womba.wonder - 2013-03-13 20:45

    Those Aplas are all in their 50s and 60s by now and useless to the defence force.

  • ian.murray.52459615 - 2013-03-13 21:10

    Where have these terrorists been all this time? Were they so scared of getting their flea bitten arses booted around the battlefield and only crept out of the bush now? Either get yr machine out JZ, or we just throw money at it. As in Zim, veterans live for a long time, some actually get younger as the years progress....

  • Shane Jacoby - 2013-03-13 21:52

    I was born in Cape Town. I AM African by blood. I may be white, but since I was born here, I have no loyalties or ties to any other country... Now please convince me otherwise... Why should I pay TAX to people who do not contribute to our country NOW?

      Henk Van Biljon - 2013-03-14 07:11

      Sandile, why join first then read about them? Why not the other way around?

  • Henk Van Biljon - 2013-03-13 22:14

    If they were overlooked then they should be overlooked now. Why were they quiet all along? We have enough idiot brass in the nonexistent army. Nonexistent in the sense of worth nothing.

  • neil.zive - 2013-03-13 23:12

    These terrorists attacked innocent civilians as their desired target. They did so even after negotiations for reform in SA were at an advanced stage. I have no respect for them. They attacked innocent civilians not military targets. Cowards who deserve nothing.

      Paul Stanley - 2013-03-14 07:09

      Sandile, I feel sorry for you that for all these years of Independance you still carry the hatred in your heart for the white population of this country. A vast majority of whites did not know what was going on in SA in those dark years, and even if we did, if we made any effort to do anything about it we would have disappeared very quickly. I never voted for them then, and I would not vote for the same today, but I think you are living in the past to think that the Pan Africa Congress will ever lead this country. All my children have been born in SA, and are South Africans just as you are, but just because they have a white skin, you look at them as an enemy. When will you find it in your heart to forgive the transgressions of the past, as we will then forgive those against the whites, and we can all try to live in a united South Africa. I feel sorry for you and your demented points of view.

  • werner.luitingh - 2013-03-14 07:37

    thugs not top brass as we would like to think

  • werner.luitingh - 2013-03-14 07:40

    sandile the apartheid regime was draconian but the majority of killings was black on black same as it is today... please be litterate and read history.

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