Thandi Modise held hostage by irate military veterans

2021-10-15 07:36:00 AM

Defence minister Thandi Modise and minister in the presidency Gungubele came under siege at St George's Hotel in Tshwane

Matthew SavidesDefence minister Thandi Modise was reportedly prevented from leaving a meeting with disgruntled military veterans on Thursday night. Picture: SUNDAY TIMESDisgruntled military veterans on Thursday night held ministers Thandi Modise and Mondli Gungubele hostage at the St George's Hotel, forcing police and security forces to intervene.

Defence minister Modise, her deputy Thabang Makwetla and minister in the presidency Gungubele were present at the meeting when it quickly turned sour.Doors were barricaded and the trio not allowed to leave.Speaking in a video message after being rescued, Gungubele said that the incident was “untenable” and “legally unacceptable”. He said the meeting broke down when consensus couldn't be reached, and it was said that a decision was taken to adjourn.

“As we were leaving the meeting, proceeding to the doors, they [the military veterans] closed the doors. It is at that point we realised we were held hostage. It is a situation which was adverted by the security forces, very effectively and successfully,” he said, adding that he hoped the “law would take its course”. headtopics.com

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Department of military veterans spokesperson Phumeza Dzuguda had earlier confirmed to TimesLIVE that there was an incident, but said she wasn't authorised to provide more details. Attempts to contact defence spokesperson Cornelius Monama were unsuccessful.

Speaking to media at the hotel, SAPS spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo confirmed that police had “penetrated the room where the hostages were being held”, and that no shots were fired.In a statement issued at 11.30pm, Naidoo said: “At approximately 7.15pm police received a report of a possible hostage situation in which two cabinet ministers and a deputy minister were allegedly taken hostage. After attempts to negotiate with the hostage takers to release the hostages had failed, police resorted to a tactical approach and successfully rescued the hostages. There were no shots fired during the rescue.”

He confirmed that 56 people were arrested and “they are likely to face charges of at least three counts of kidnapping”.Three of the people arrested were taken for medical checks.[WATCH] MK Military Veteran, Lwazi Mzobe explains why the war veterans are disgruntled.

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Defence Minister Thandi Modise and deputy held hostage by military vetsDefence Minister Thandi Modise and her Deputy Thabang Makwetla alongside Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele were held hostage by disgruntled military veterans on Thursday night but were later released. If a minister of defence can be held hostage what about the safety of ordinary citizens🤷‍♂️ JakbPhotography The ANC has failed the country and its people. These ministers got what they deserve

UPDATE: Modise, Gungubele rescued after being held hostage by military veterans

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Defence Minister Thandi Modise and deputy held hostage by military vetsDefence Minister Thandi Modise and her Deputy Thabang Makwetla alongside Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele were held hostage by disgruntled military veterans on Thursday night but were later released. If a minister of defence can be held hostage what about the safety of ordinary citizens🤷‍♂️ JakbPhotography The ANC has failed the country and its people. These ministers got what they deserve

UPDATE: Modise, Gungubele rescued after being held hostage by military veterans

'We were held hostage': Minister speaks after dramatic rescue from Tshwane hotel“As we were leaving the meeting, proceeding to the doors, they [the military veterans] closed the doors. It is at that point we realised we were held hostage.' What? Screenshot a pic of Mondli from this vid you lazy people. Modise has said nothing Why did they let you go?