Former veterans condemn 'factional MK awards' to Motsoeneng‚ Myeni & Molefe

They’ve also called for those involved and nominated to stay away from the event.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A group of former uMkhonto weSizwe combatants have condemned what it calls the factional awards in which the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former Eskom boss Brian Molefe and current South African Airways (SAA) chief Dudu Myeni, among others, are to be honoured.

Details of the awards ceremony, to be held on Thursday, were made public at a media briefing by Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association chair Kebby Maphatsoe.

It will form part of the 55th anniversary celebrations of the formation of the former armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

Archie Mogodiri of the former combatants group says they reject the list as it promotes factionalism.

He says not even some of their real heroes have had such honour heaped on them.

“Some of our members went to prison and died, but they’ve not been honoured.”

He'a also called on those involved and nominated to stay away from event.

“We are calling to our comrades who have nominated to boycott that.”

Meanwhile, Maphatsoe says the criteria used was based on individuals who have made a remarkable difference in the lives of ordinary South Africans.