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Criminal Charges Against War Vets Who Held ANC Bigwigs Hostage Withdrawn

A Criminal case which involved 53 military veterans accused of taking two ministers and a deputy minister hostage, has been withdrawn by the Pretoria Magistrates Court.

National Prosecuting Authority says the case was withdrawn following successful representations by the accused.

The charges emanate from an incident in which 26 people, ANC bigwigs, including Thandi Modise, Thabang Makwetla, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, and two bodyguards were held hostage at St George's Hotel October 2021.

After the ANC bigwigs were held hostage, 53 military veterans were initially charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and 26 counts of kidnapping.

Former Umkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson, Carl Niehaus said war veterans should now sue the state for wrongful arrest after the NPA declined to prosecute them.

The RET champion said in the case of one MK comrade who died, a case of murder should be opened against the state, and pursue private prosecution.

"The cdes. who were persecuted for standing their ground, and demanded their rights at St Georges are free! The NPA 'declined to prosecute'.

Tragic Cde. Ntsoaki lost her life. The State should now be sued for wrongful arrest, serious assault, and in the case of comrade Ntsoaki murder," said Carl Niehaus.

Source: https://twitter.com/niehaus_carl/status/1526558526407168000?t=V909GD4W2ZnY6PPmFsJbsw&s=19

The military veterans were demanding that government pay them a once off R4 million per person as compensation for their role in the liberation struggle.

Critics however blast the military veterans citing that ANC comrades are always in need of money which explains why they are failing to expropriate land.

"ANC members always want to be compensated with money, that is why they are unable to get land back," a social critic said.

Carl Niehaus cite that the problem is president Cyril Ramaphosa and that he must step down.

"The question: What do people say who keep the ANC in power? is fair. I'm one of those who believe that the ANC must stay in power.

But, we can only justify this if we do everything to ensure that Ramaphosa must go, and the ANC NEC must go. They're destroying the ANC and our country," he said.

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