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A 104-year-old man used a machete to scare away Mkhonto weSizwe war veterans who threatened to take his house if he refused to show them his title deed on Monday.
MK war veterans have hijacked several houses in central Pietermaritzburg and attempted to occupy a shelter for abandoned children in Havelock Road.
Growing frustration over years of unkept promises of economic opportunities reached a tipping point for members of the Mkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MK Vets) in the Moses Mabhida Region, who on Tuesday carried out a sit-in at the ANC
Members of the ANC’s former military wing, uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) have been dragged into the party’s internal battles, with scores of members storming into the ANC’s Moses Mabhida regional offices in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.
The “military veterans” who invaded Aloe Ridge include a 23-year-old, people who already have other government housing, and several who are not on the veterans database.
“Do not provoke us. We have military training and don’t want to get to a point where we resort to a coup.”
The three military veterans who were arrested for disrupting services at Mooi-Mpofana Municipality last week are threatening legal action after they were released without appearing in court on Monday.
Chaos reigned at the Mooi-Mpofana municipality on Wednesday as military veterans and community members brought the Midlands council to a complete standstill.
A political solution needs to be found to sort out the illegal occupation by Mkhonto weSizwe Veterans of 242 social housing units at Aloe Ridge, said Capital City Housing CEO Ivor Caldecott.
The hijacking of flats at the flagship Aloe Ridge housing complex has escalated, with MK veterans now renting out seized premises, pocketing the rent themselves, and causing the developer to default on mortgage repayments.
MK war veterans have now turned their attention to private property owners, after hijacking several buildings in the city centre owned by Msunduzi Municipality.
With the ANC battling to contain factions within the party, a showdown is looming between Premier Sihle Zikalala and Mkhonto weSizwe (MK) ex-combatants over his “meddling” in MK matters in the Moses Mabhida region.
MK military veterans have warned the recently installed Msunduzi Municipality administrator, Sibusiso Sithole, that he will face rolling mass action should he fail to include them in the council’s programmes.
The majority of former members of the ANC military wing Mkhonto weSizwe (MK), currently demanding government housing in Pietermaritzburg, do not qualify for special state assistance as they are not in the military veterans’ database.
Despite ANC bigwigs’ calls for a clampdown on Mkhonto weSizwe (MK) vets and other mafia-style organisations currently unleashing havoc in state entities, government leaders around the Msunduzi area have been secretly co-operating with the mobs.
As the MK war vets’ rampage continues, it has emerged that taxpayers have been footing the electricity bill of ex-combatants who have hijacked hundreds of flats at Pietermaritzburg’s flagship Aloe Ridge rental housing complex.
Three prominent military veterans, including a former mayor, were arrested on Thursday for disrupting services at Mooi-Mpofana municipality.
Mooi-Mpofana Municipality on Monday became the latest council to be shut down by former members of the ANC military wing, who are demanding jobs and tenders from municipal bosses.
The Human Settlement Department on Tuesday denied it was part of a deal to stop the eviction of MK veterans from the flagship Aloe Ridge housing complex where they have hijacked hundreds of flats.
In a direct challenge to the provincial ANC and police, the MK veterans who have been storming municipal offices in the midlands have warned of “major problems” if anyone tries to stop them.
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