The police have arrested 56 former liberation movement veterans involved in the midnight hostage drama at Irene, involving two Ministers and a deputy Minister.
Saturday - it's been confirmed that Lwazi Mzobe, spokesperson for the newly established Liberation Struggle War Veterans, which sprung up when the MK Military Veterans Association was disbanded as an ANC structure, is employed by the eThekwini Municipality.
Mzobe was the leader of the vets who first staged a sleep-in at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters this week and who then took Defence Force and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele and Deputy Defence Force and Military Veterans Minister Thabang Makwetla hostage at the St George's Hotel on Thursday.
They were rescued at 2am by the Special Task Force, which is headed by General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi. The same force was deployed to Nkandla in July when the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma escalated into a national security risk.
Mzobe has represented the Liberation Struggle War Veterans all week on radio and television interviews, complaining that vets are sleeping rough and have been left destitute. The group demanded R2.2 million each in reparations, among other measures, and barricaded the doors at the lodge, demanding that Deputy President David Mabuza meet with them. Mabuza leads the Presidential Task Team on Military Veterans.
Gungubele issued a video explainer in which he looked shocked at what had happened.
Brigadier Vish Naidoo of Natjoints [a security structure of senior police, intelligence and defence officials] said 56 people had been arrested and they faced at least three counts of kidnapping.
Mzobe denied the two Ministers and Deputy Minister had been taken hostage, although the government and police labelled it a hostage event.
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