MKMVA members disrupt leadership briefing

A grouping of former senior commanders and commissars have previously called on the ANC's military wing to suspend all its activities.

MKMVA and a group of former MK members have attempted to present a united front at a briefing at Luthuli House, only to see the event disrupted. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The uMkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) and a group of former uMkhonto We Sizwe (MK) members have attempted to present a united front at a briefing at Luthuli House, only to see the event disrupted.

Divisions became clear with members of the MKMVA disrupting the briefing.

The grouping of former senior commanders and commissars have previously called on the party's military wing to suspend all its activities.

The association has previously accused the group of trying to undo the leadership of the structure and trying to sow divisions.

Former chief of the South African National Defence Force Sphiwe Nyanda was explaining how the two groups have ironed out their differences.

“We unanimously agreed on the importance to strengthen our ranks as former combatants and agreed to henceforth work together through a common platform.”

But a few minutes into his address, divisions were visible as two members of the MKMVA disrupted him.

One man shouted: “I want an explanation. I was arrested and you commanded me to stand at the parking lot.
You never called us into a meeting. Why today?”

When Nyanda was asked if he suggested that the disruptions were orchestrated, he replied:

“You are adults and you can see for yourself what is happening and make deductions about what is happening.”

The MKMVA chair Kebby Maphatsoe said they would “find out what happened”.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)