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Defence minister to meet MK veterans

This follows Monday's violence at the Germiston Civic Centre where the military veterans protested.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will meet the Ekurhuleni Municipal Council and former soldiers of Umkhonto we Sizwe and Azapo on Friday morning.

This follows Monday's violence at the Germiston Civic Centre where a group of military veterans protested. Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele refused to address them. The demonstrators then forced their way into the centre damaging equipment and assaulting eight members of council.

The veterans were demanding jobs they claimed the ANC had been promising them since 2006.

About 80 protesters were arrested, while other demonstrators said they would not stop until they too were taken into custody. More than 10 people were injured during the demonstration.

The former soldiers said they would not vote or campaign for the ANC ahead of the 2014 general elections.

They also warned that if the dispute was not resolved they would not allow any ballot papers to be dropped off in their townships.

Mapisa-Nqakula has condemned the acts.

The department's spokesperson Mbulelo Musi said they would meet several groups, including the metro police, "to try and find solutions".