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MKMVA again warns against factionalism

The veterans are hosting a two-day conference in Johannesburg to reflect on the state of the party.

Former MK chief of staff and commander of the South African National Defence Force Siphiwe Nyanda. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – Members of the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) and African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts have once again warned that factionalism in the party could compromise its victory at the 2019 elections.

The veterans are hosting a two-day conference in Johannesburg to reflect on the state of the party.

The MK council and some ANC leaders say MKMVA president Kebby Maphatsoe agreed to attend in an attempt to unify the veterans but then made an about-turn.

MK veteran Siphiwe Nyanda says the factions among the veterans resemble those in the ANC where some are fulfilling self-serving needs.

“Many ANC leaders are not interested in genuine principled unity.”

The MKMVA’s Dumisani Nduli agrees.

“The MKMVA continues with the conference without working with the MK council. We find these comrades are undermining decisions by the ANC leadership.”

Nduli says there is documented evidence that the MKMVA conference in June was attended my bogus members who aren’t legitimate MK combatants.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)