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MKMVA to cooperate with cops after incident at Madikizela-Mandela's home

It’s alleged that a group of former members of the MKMVA are responsible for shooting into the air on Friday night.

FILE: ANC MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus Carl Niehaus. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) says it will cooperate with police to ensure that those responsible for shooting into the air outside Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's home are arrested.

It’s alleged that a group of former members of the MKMVA are responsible for the incident on Friday night.

MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus says: “We will also call on our members to expose any person regardless of who that person is for participating in such ill-discipline.”

Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele has reiterated his call urging residents against the practice of randomly shooting in the air and has warned of criminal charges against those who do so.

This comes after a series of gunshots were heard by people outside the Soweto home of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Friday night.

Briefing the media in Soweto on Saturday, Cele said a former combatant of the African National Congress’ (ANC) Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association was responsible for the shots fired.

He’s described the incident as unacceptable.

“The shooting as we understand it was done by the former combatant of Umkhonto weSizwe. The decision was taken by the ANC to say these kinds of activities must stop during a time of mourning.”

Cele also confirmed that there was no body found in the vicinity.

Additional reporting by Tendani Mulaudzi.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)