'Down and out' MK Vets get second chance to register

2017-03-04 09:56
Unregistered MK vets in the Western Cape getting a second chance to verify their membership. (Paul Herman, News24)

Unregistered MK vets in the Western Cape getting a second chance to verify their membership. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town - Unregistered uMkhonto weSizwe veterans in the Western Cape got a second chance to verify their status as veterans on Saturday.

The provincial MK held a "verification process" at the Castle of Good Hope for those members who had fallen through the formal cracks post-1994.

MK Western Cape spokesperson Benny Gool told News24 that a lot of people had fought in the trenches during the armed resistance against apartheid, but that there had always been difficulty with verification after democracy.

A lot of members have been down on their luck in post-democratic South Africa, and some of them had quite "horrific" stories, Gool said.

Those wanting to stake their claim will get a chance to be interviewed by station commanders in the province on Saturday, who will have the final say in their verification.

He also said there had been one or two cases of people falsely trying to claim membership, and the verification process will help separate the legitimate claims from the false ones.

Gool said there were various opportunities for MK Vets post-1994, provided by the department of military veterans.

Some of those present expressed their "happiness" at being able to register.

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