War vets ‘surprised us’, says former MK leader

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MKMVA Pietermaritzburg heavyweight, Babsy Sithole, has distanced himself from war vets who held cabinet ministers hostage.
MKMVA Pietermaritzburg heavyweight, Babsy Sithole, has distanced himself from war vets who held cabinet ministers hostage.
Moeketsi Mamane

Pietermaritzburg’s prominent former MK leader Babsy Sithole has distanced himself from the war vets that allegedly held cabinet ministers hostage last week.

Some of the 56 former soldiers who were arrested for holding cabinet ministers hostage at a Pretoria hotel on Thursday are from the Mkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) Moses Mabhida region, which includes Pietermaritzburg.

Sithole, who was the MKMVA Moses Mabhida regional interim leader before the dissolution of the organisation leadership structure a few months ago, said the MKMVA members who participated in the hostage drama were acting without a mandate from the region’s former soldiers.

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