Military veterans feel 'forgotten'

Many military veterans feel their central role in the fight against apartheid is being undermined.

Department of Human Settlement hosting the military veterans housing dialogue in Boksburg. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

BOKSBURG - Former uMkhonto we Sizwe members say while some of their comrades have been rewarded, they are still struggling without housing.

The Departments of Human Settlement and Defence held a military veterans dialogue at the Birchwood Hotel on Wednesday.

Many of the military veterans feel their central role in the fight against apartheid is being undermined.

When they were given a platform to raise their concerns, they made it clear they feel forgotten.

“We fought but we benefit nothing; we don’t even have money to rent. Can you imagine, a woman of my age, a grandmother to my children ...."

Another veteran said: “There are colleagues, comrades, cadres who dedicated their lives like we and others, who have passed on they have children and their children all they do every month is to cry and curse their parents.”

Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe says government was working hard to fast-track the roll-out of houses for deserving military veterans.

Last year, Human Settlement Minister Lindiwe Sisulu highlighted that housing delivery for military veterans would be treated as one of government’s priorities.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)