Mavuso Msimang slams MKMVA leader Kebby Maphatsoe

He says it’s unbelievable that Kebby Maphatsoe is the leader of the MKMVA when he was guilty of desertion.

Head of the African National Congress' (ANC) military veterans league Kebby Maphatsoe. Picture: dmv.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - Former member of the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), Mavuso Msimang says he doesn't believe the people who wore military uniforms outside Luthuli House yesterday were really veterans of the African National Congress's (ANC) armed wing.

Yesterday, the men in uniforms said they were members of the MKMVA, and that they were defending the ANC's headquarters when they pushed and shoved protesters and journalists.

WATCH: Tensions run high at #OccupyLuthuli House protest

At one point they tried to prevent the party's Secretary General Gwede Mantashe from receiving a memorandum from ANC members protesting against President Jacob Zuma.

Msimang says the fact most of the people in military uniforms outside Luthuli House yesterday looked as if they were under the age of forty means it's virtually impossible to believe they really belonged to MK during the struggle.

"It's a little difficult to reconcile their veteranship to the role that uMkhonto we Sizwe played."

He says it's unbelievable that Kebby Maphatsoe is the leader of the MKMVA when he was guilty of desertion.

"That a person like that should face the nation and tell them so gloriously about defending the ANC makes one quite sick, to be honest."

Msimang also says it's worrying that these men were used to guard Luthuli House, when the police were able to do the job.

At the same time, the ANC youth league has said it believes at least one of the people who led the Occupy Luthuli House protest is not a member of the party.

The ANCYL's treasurer, Reggie Nkabinde questioned former youth league deputy-president Ronald Lamola's membership of both the ANC and the youth league following his involvement in the protest.