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Joke Of The Week|| How Funny That MK Veterans Held Thandi Modise Hostage While She's One Of Them

Defence Minister Thandi Modise, her deputy Thabang Makwetla and Minister in the presidency Mondli Gungubele were kept hostage for two hours and 50 minutes in Pretoria on Thursday evening.

They were meeting liberation war veterans at St George's Hotel to hear complaints ranging from lack of decent housing to the government's failure to provide for their children. Though the MKMVA was not part of the meeting as an organization, it said on Saturday some of its members were part of the meeting. In a statement issued through its spokesperson Carl Niehaus, the MKVA criticized the government for what it described as a total overreaction when the Police Special Task Force used excessive force to resolve a non-existent hostage and nonviolent situation.

The organization said the veterans were unhappy and frustrated when deputy President David Mabuza failed to attend the meeting and sent other members of the national executive instead. The funny part of it is that Thandi Modise is one of the military veterans, it's someone who knows them and who can sympathize with them since they were together in exile. What she told them, was the same thing that the Deputy President could have told them because everything that happens in ANC starts from the NEC of the organization. Above everything, Thandi Modise is the Minister of Defence and Military Veteran, she is the right person to update them of any development concerning their grievances.

(On the above picture, Thandi Modise hugged her daughter after being released from prison on April 6, 1989)

They have forgotten that Thandi Modise left South Africa in 1976 after Soweto Uprising to join the ruling party and received training in Angola. She returned to South Africa in 1978 as an Umkhonto weSizwe soldier. Unfortunately, she was arrested in 1979, becoming the first woman in South Africa to be imprisoned for MK activities which some of its members decided to hold her hostage just because they were not expecting to see her. In the political landscape of this country wonders never end, in no time we'll hear that there are factions even amongst the MK war veteran.

(This is one of her articles which Mail & Guardian covered her release from prison)

Of the 56 military veterans who were arrested, three women are included. South Africa is counted amongst the countries in which there is a high rate of women abuse yet we find other women forming part of men who held other women hostage. Sometimes we do things without thinking, now they'll be charged with three counts of kidnapping. Here we are talking about elderly people, not youth, now they'll have to stay in prison for something that could have been resolved without using force. Or maybe it's another tactic for sympathizing with their General, former President Jacob Zuma.

To hold one of your hostages for two hours and 50 minutes shows that in their heydays they were ill-discipline soldiers who don't know what is protocol and rules. They might see themselves as heroes, yet they have shown to the public that they're ignorant to the fact that the person they're supposed to talk to is Thandi Modise, not David Mabuza.

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