At least 56 war veterans are current behind bars awaiting their bail application after they were arrested on Friday morning following a hostage situation at a hotel in Pretoria.
MKMVA said, in a released statement that it was deeply concerned about the events that unfolded at the St George's Hotel in Pretoria where Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Minister of Defense Thandi Modise, and deputy Thabang Makwetla and were allegedly held hostage for close to three hours.
The groups, which met with the government, are demanding millions in reparations for their role in the anti-apartheid struggle. The situation escalated when the president and Deputy president fail to appear at the meeting which left the veterans with the last option of holding the ministers' hostage.
SAPS tactical response team was deployed to rescue the ministers, arresting 56 members of the various veteran associations in the process. However, MKMVA is demanding that its members must be released immediately as they were just there to undertake their constitutionally ordain mandate of petition government on the needs of the day.
Carl Niehaus blamed the disbanding of structures, including the South African Military Veterans Association and the MKMVA which has left its embers with a limited option of resetting their recourse and airing their grievances. The MKMVA called on the government to release the 56 people and to engage with the military veterans instead of being overly defensive and aggressive.
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