MKVA calls for unity, support for Zuma

2012-08-18 18:59

Johannesburg - The ANC must not allow itself to be divided by leadership battles as it was during the party's last conference in Polokwane, Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe said on Saturday.

"We must go to Mangaung as one and emerge united. We must not go to another Polokwane," he said.

Maphatsoe was speaking at the opening of the Gauteng Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) provincial conference in Johannesburg.

He said the MKMVA would allow for debate on the leadership of the ANC at their national conference next month, but until then the organisation was behind party president Jacob Zuma.

The ANC's national conference would take place in Mangaung in December.

Maphatsoe argued that Zuma had taken over a divided party and had struggled to manage it effectively.

32-year-old CIA plot

"Zuma was never given the space to lead the ANC efficiently," he said.

This was because of both divisions in the party and a continuation of a 32-year-old CIA plot to prevent Zuma from getting into the ANC National Executive Committee in 1990, Maphatsoe claimed.

"Today, we see again those tendencies," he said. "It's not a new thing. It's a continuation."

MKMVA Gauteng chairperson Duma Mlambo earlier also called on Mkhonto we Sizwe veterans to support Zuma as "the patron and member" of MKMVA.

"We must support the president as the patron and member of MKMVA," Mlambo said.

Mlambo and Maphatsoe both complained that MK veterans were being under-utilised by not being deployed into government positions.

'Nucleus of the revolution'

"We have a great number of veterans but many are wasted and not deployed," Maphatsoe said.

Mlambo argued there would be less corruption and fewer service delivery protests if more veterans were working in government departments.

Mlambo said that the veterans had once been called "the nucleus of the revolution" by former ANC President OR Tambo but this was no longer the case.

The organisation would have to implement resolutions to cease being a "laughing stock".

"We are no longer going to be a laughing stock to our people."

Saturday's provincial conference was also an elective one, with new officers being chosen.

'Petty issues'

Maphatsoe said the provincial MKMVA had been riven with divisions to the point of being non-functioning.

"There have been acrimonious, internal battles, one after another," Maphatsoe said. "It is a result of these divisions there has not been activities."

He said the issues were "not politically significant" but were only "petty issues".

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-18 19:32

    Ja well they have to. Their pensions depend on it

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-08-18 19:59

    It looks like Maphatsoe didn't receive his textbooks at school. Or maybe he was too busy rolling the pages for joints. Not a single shred of logic in that statement and 2012 minus 1990 does not give you 32.

  • terence.pattison - 2012-08-18 20:14

    And now it`s a CIA plot against Zuma !! What a load of Cods Wallop.

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-08-18 20:21

    What 's the role of this mkmva can't they realise that they are expired/sell-out.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-08-18 20:26

    MKVA has been left out in the cold, they must be really stupid or Indoctrinated to support their oppressor .

  • mabotja2 - 2012-08-18 21:04

    PEOPLE’S POPE: Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema addressed thousands at Wonderkop in Rustenburg on Saturday (August 18 2012). Malema said the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was no longer a union that represented the interests of the workers but was more interested in making money AND ALSO USELESS Zuma to resign immediately,no second term what so ever must resign .

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-18 21:25

    He said the MKMVA would allow for debate on the leadership of the ANC at their national conference next month, but until then the organisation was behind party president Jacob Zuma. And after the debate? Then they will not be behind him any more? Coz i taught dats wat dey are going to do dere? "We have a great number of veterans but many are wasted and not deployed," Maphatsoe said. LOL And even a greater number of retrenched white business, government, and any other old job, veterans (with miles higher qualifications, experience and knowledge), but all are wasted and not deployed, even though they want(ed) to contribute and make a change in the 'new' South Africa. (This contribution and changes are related to the 'things that were not taken into account' that Nadine Gordimer is now getting you-know-whats into the wringer.)

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-08-18 21:27

    im still so shocked to hear that the are still some people who cant see that thit jacob zuma is taking this country down to the drain please heavens must help us this time.

  • rich.mashimbye - 2012-08-18 21:45

    Avarice-driven, now arguing for more cadre deployment, if Zuma wins they would obviously expect payback, patronage. Gangsters at the helm of SA

  • solanga.maluleke - 2012-08-18 22:10

    Zumba failed to interfere Libya and bring peace till the NATO get all the oil in an African country the same in Sudan. He promised 500000 thousand jobs and nothing was provided. He is the Zulu president not south African one as he is about to build NewyorkMughana in nkandla why not in the other province than kzn. No second term to misuse our tax.

  • Mark - 2012-08-19 01:39

    Aah! You are scared your financials will take a knock. How much is this corrupt SA Administration paying you to say this?

  • fezile.somraba - 2012-08-19 07:29

    ppl like maphatsoe r not supposed 2 be in the 4front in the struggle 4 the liberation of the poor of the poorest.they r only fighting 4 their own interets,nw he knws that when zuma voted out in mangaung they wil suffer bcz all those who r associated with zuma and r corrupt they will be removed too in their is in that spirit that i appeal 2 u umkhonto wesizwe veterans members and the the public in a general not 2 listen 2 ppl like is a well knwn fact that zuma has failed us by not implementing the polokwana resolutions,in simplest terms he is a failure that is there 2 enrich his family.this is manifesting itself in different forms like nw in marikana he has failed 2 provide leadership by not protecting our ppl as the constitution is 4 this reason that many anc leaders from kzn didn't want him in the leadership of the anc during madiba's is then therefore wise 4 all us wherever we sit it can be in the corners,with our families,anc meetings etc 2 remind our cdrs and freinds that zuma is ntt the right person that can take the anc vehicle forward.amandla matla!!!!? cdrs our brothers and sisters in marikana need our support during these trying times

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  • mabotja2 - 2012-08-19 11:49

    support who ?

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-19 19:20

    Funny, the excuse box is out of colonialists, imperialists, criminal elements, racists, whites, third forces, the devil, rougue elements, agents and factions, so now its the CIA. Dont forget Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny or the tooth fairy, they can also be blamed for your shortcomings too - if the CIA thing doesnt work out. Mind you, if this is Zumas second term, he may get the books to go with the job in the third term - like the school kids do??

  • oneman.njilana - 2012-08-19 23:46

    Mkva know how waste to time, if the MK soldiers were not given respect from coming back exile by organisation clearly they have missed their revolution. Internal battles of bourgeoisie politics are not a struggle for workers and poor.

  • itumeleng.moeti.94 - 2012-08-20 14:15

    Zuma must go period

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