Zuma honours struggle veterans

2012-10-28 21:31

Johannesburg - South Africa had a constitutional and legal obligation to honour those who had sacrificed for freedom, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

"We honour and memorialise our military veterans not as a favour or gesture. They are the greatest heritage of any nation," he said.

Zuma was speaking at the second military veterans medals parade at Waterkloof Airforce base in Pretoria.

The event was aimed at honouring the contribution of the participants of the military struggle against apartheid.

Zuma said it was 22 years since the ANC was unbanned, resulting in the return of many struggle activists.

"Most of them returned back home with nothing after serving this country selflessly for so long."

He said some had already passed on while many would follow without having received any benefits. "The administration processes aimed at finalising the establishment of the department of military veterans as a stand-alone department are being fast tracked."

He said these would ensure that proper systems were put in place to assist with the registration of the veterans and ensure that they have access to benefits and services.

"This is necessary to ensure that no one is left out and that there are no fraudulent beneficiaries when the benefits are rolled out".

Some of these benefits and services would include free education for children, housing, transport and medical care.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-28 21:43

    My, my, my now Zuma is relying on veteran pensioners to be the King makers after kicking Juju out of the equation. Election promises, lies and more lies, but more ridiculous is the fact that these veterans actually believe this self serving self styled new king of the Zulu's and his leeching spokespeople who all emanate from the kingdom that once belonged to King Goodwill.

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-10-28 22:08

      Anything to get votes. Shows how desperate zuma is to keep his position and not get his day in court.

      Oraniaboer - 2012-10-28 22:52

      Ag struggle se gat man. Seems like more people are struggling now since the ANC and their crooked cronies took over the country. Your own people are living in drastically poorer conditions now under your ANC watch.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-29 03:04

      Zuma, always telling the right people the right message at the right time, for the right(?) reasons... and not meaning a word of it. Zuma, Malema and the rest of "Animal Farm" have been using this tactic for 18 years... tell people what they want to hear when you need their support and they will support you.... Well Zuma that strategy might have worked for the masses it surely did not work for the minority, in 18 years....

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-29 08:17

      @Sizwe - Mbona si jasiri kutosha hebu kila mtu kujua unachosema?

  • spartanx93 - 2012-10-28 21:51

    dont you mean "struggle" terrorists??

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-28 22:05

    Please can anyone enlighten me, I don't know a single battle ever fought by MK against the SADF, or any other defence force for that matter. If memory serves, a few MK members tossed a few bombs into civilians and one at the SAAF HQ and that was about it. MK vets my *ss!.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-10-28 22:13

    awesome, a new department for ANC cadre deployees to skim 90% off of.

  • anthony.richardson.961 - 2012-10-28 22:24

    Like the heros of the battle of Magoos bar, bunch of terrorists and cowards

  • adri.conradie.96 - 2012-10-28 22:31

    Zuma's true colours are showing.Honouring MK "vets" but does not mention that the Defence Force is 100 years old.Clearly he is more concerned about his political friends than the country he is supposed to be serving.He does not understand that his position should be above politics.The defence force served this country with distinction in both world wars,the Korean war and several other conflicts through the years to keep this country and ALL it's people safe. I think that is a history that deserves to be honoured.

      thulanit3 - 2012-10-28 22:39

      Ur apartheid gov deployed the soldiers to kill the masses in soweto, who simple wanted freedom, justice and equal right. Ur comment is disingineous, and full of prejudice!

      george.gervais.7 - 2012-10-29 02:16

      @thulanit3 Ok thulanit you big mouth lets play your numbers game. They estimate 176 to MAYBE 700 people died in Soweto in 1976. Numbers for white farmers murdered as of December 2011 are around 3800+. All these farmers did was to feed YOUR ass and the idiot comrade sitting next to you... Time you comrades STOPPED living in the past, JOINED the rest of the world in the present and STARTED planning for the future. As long as you and your backward lot keep living in the past, you have no future. And all Zuma is doing with these prisoners is justifying another way to set loose 100's of murderers, rapists and other filth on the white population so that he doesn't have to deal with them himself.

  • welcome.bheka.9 - 2012-10-28 22:38

    zuma with his R200000000m mension,ay thnk i stil hv 2 found out more abt this b4 i utter any word abt ds whole story.lekker fel

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-10-28 22:40

    "...some had already passed on while many would follow without having received any benefits". Naturally you loyal soldiers will understand that the reason you have not received any 'benefits', is because there's the all important job of getting a R248 000 000,00 holiday resort up and running for you in the national keypoint metropolis of Nkandla, for when you can afford it. Oh yes, and there's the question of some small change of R570 000 000 000,00 going down the (municipal) branches 'thank you' gravy railtrack every year, which is taking a bit of the tom. And of course, some certain Indian investors need taxpayer assistance in getting their businesses going, closely watched by the president himself, to make sure everything is above board. But we'll soon be getting to you, faithful warriors, just as soon as these other important projects are sorted out. We love you, like all of our followers, and we would never lie to you! Obama:"Yes, we can". Jay:"Ek kan ja, Nkandla".

  • piet.boerie - 2012-10-29 03:15

    Just after they endoresed you. Just like Zim I suppose you are going to roll the non combatants to use as Political muscle and occupations. Oh sorry that what the new ANC youth brigade is all about. No matter what side of the politcal spectrum you stand its clear Zuma is bad for the country and especially the poor

      piet.boerie - 2012-10-29 03:16

      War veterans are now a quasi paramilatary force to be bought with chickens, t-shirts and empty promises.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-29 06:43

    The problem is the ANC is still a struggle movement living in the past and will always use this to whip up emotions to gain support. They believe in entitlement so as to enrich themselves and blame the european settlers for not wishing to hand over the gains made by hard work. While it is right to honour the past it does not mean everthing must be handed over on a silver platter. They should also honour the many europeans who helped build this country and left a legacy of great cities and towns with renowned hospitals and an infrastructure of the best in Africa.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-29 10:02

    the shower man has no shame at he dishes out medal to all "veterans" because he urgently need their support in Bloemfontein (aka Mangaung).

  • zakazarurwa.vuma - 2012-10-29 15:54

    you honour them so that they must threaten muthlante sis

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