War vets who held ministers hostage allegedly linked to Aloe Ridge flats invasion in Pietermaritzburg

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War vets celebrate after taking over Aloe Ridge flats in 2018.
War vets celebrate after taking over Aloe Ridge flats in 2018.
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Some of the war veterans who were arrested for holding cabinet ministers hostage in Pretoria on Thursday are allegedly part of the same group that invaded the Aloe Ridge flats in 2018.

Hostages included minister in the presidency, Mondli Gungubele, defence and military veterans minister, Thandi Modise and her deputy, Thabang Makwetla. The drama unfolded during a meeting at St George Hotel in Pretoria.

While some of the 56 war veterans who were arrested in connection with the St George hostage drama were from eThekwini and other areas, Weekend Witness has established that most of the former soldiers who were involved in a standoff with Modise, Makwetla and Gungubele, were from Pietermaritzburg. According to sources, minibus taxis had been hired to transport the Pietermaritzburg war veterans from Aloe Ridge to Johannesburg.

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