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20 Oct 2021
6:10 am

The brutish conduct by veterans must stop


They should not be allowed to continue their thuggish behaviour.

Supposed military veterans appearing at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional facility's court during their bail hearing after holding cabinet ministers hostage in Irene on 19 October 2021, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles/Pool

There are many disturbing elements to last week’s hostage drama, in which senior government ministers were detained for three hours by people purporting to be liberation army veterans. Foremost is that they believed they could use intimidation as a way to press their demands for a payment of R4.2 million each for thousands of former combatants who supposedly served in the ANC’s armed wing, uMkhonto we Sizwe. That they chose this violent way of expressing their discontent is not surprising, considering it is the most effective way of getting the attention of the senior levels of the ANC. That does...