Nyanda: ANC veterans’ league needs to be more involved in party decisions

MK veteran Siphiwe Nyanda says among the things that need to be discussed at Saturday’s gathering is why some soldiers are not in MKMVA.

FILE: Supporters of President Jacob Zuma celebrate his re-election as ANC President in Mangaung. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – As the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Veteran’s National Council gets underway, veteran Siphiwe Nyanda says the purpose is not to discuss individuals but rather issues that the African National Congress (ANC) is currently faced with.

Hundreds of delegates are attending the gathering in Nasrec south of Johannesburg.

President Jacob Zuma, who is also an MK veteran, has sent his apologies for his absence at Saturday’s meeting – citing a prior arrangement in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nyanda says among the things that need to be discussed include why some soldiers are not part of the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA).

“The posture of the MKMVA is supposed to be an association that’s projecting itself to be a political voice for all of us without consulting with us or considering our views.”

Nyanda says the ANC veterans’ league also needs to be reinvigorated and become more involved in the decisions of the movement, just like the women’s and youth leagues.

Earlier, MKMVA leaders Kebby Maphatsoe and Des van Rooyen called on military members not to attend Saturday’s meeting as it does not fall within the structures of the ruling party.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)