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Des van Rooyen argues on behalf of the MKMVA in a court action to reverse the ANC's disbandment decision. Photo: Lisa Hnatowicz
Des van Rooyen argues on behalf of the MKMVA in a court action to reverse the ANC's disbandment decision. Photo: Lisa Hnatowicz

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The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has approached the courts to render the decision taken by the ANC to disband it unlawful. They are citing that the conclusions reached by the ANC’s national executive committee were an abuse of power and fell outside legal principles.

The ANC’s former military wing filed an application at the Johannesburg High Court last month spearheaded by former finance minister and the wing’s treasurer-general, Des Van Rooyen, arguing that the decision to dissolve the structure, which was taken in June 2021, was unconstitutional. They state that only the MKMVA, by law, is entitled to determine its own disbandment processes.

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