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MKMVA: We haven’t threatened Zuma detractors

The MKMVA has denied threatening violence against people who do not support President Jacob Zuma.

ANC President Jacob Zuma at the party's policy conference in Midrand on 26 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) says claims by the ANC Veterans' League, that it is threatening violence against people who do not support President Jacob Zuma, are an attempt to discredit the organisation.

On Wednesday, ANC Veterans' League president Sandi Sejake said the MKMVA were threatening violence to pursue political goals.

Meanwhile, the ruling party is investigating reports that armed men disrupted a branch meeting in Ekurhuleni.

MKMVA leader Kebby Maphatsoe says the claims are not true.

"Mr Sejake has got an attitude because he does not support President Jacob Zuma. All these people are trying to discredit MKMVA as a violent association."

While ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza yesterday said they were investigating what happened at Sunday's Ekurhuleni gathering.

"It is indeed true that people came with guns and threatened people. The ANC must act against such individuals."

But Khoza said they were confident the nominations process would produce legitimate results.