‘What hostage situation?’ Veterans issue denial and call for release of arrested 56

The disbanded Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association has demanded the immediate release of 56 people arrested for allegedly holding two ministers and a deputy minister hostage.

2021-10-17 10:42:00 AM

The disbanded Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association has demanded the immediate release of 56 people arrested for allegedly holding two ministers and a deputy minister hostage.

The disbanded Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association has demanded the immediate release of 56 people arrested for allegedly holding two ministers and a deputy minister hostage.

16 October 2021 - 12:17Defence and military veterans minister Thandi Modise during a media briefing on October 15 2021 about the hostage situation at the St George's Hotel in Pretoria.Image:GCISThe disbanded Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has demanded the immediate release of 56 people arrested for allegedly holding two ministers and a deputy minister hostage.

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 the 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 organisation, it said on Saturday that some of its members were part of the meeting.In a statement issued through its spokesperson Carl Niehaus, the MKMVA lambasted the government for what it described as a total over-reaction when the police special task force “used excessive force to resolve a non-existent hostage, and non-violent, situation”. headtopics.com

The organisation 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.“It was reasonable of them to have refused to engage with these substitutes because deputy president Mabuza is the directly designated person with the duty to address the concerns of military veterans,” said Niehaus.

“It is not correct, and unnecessarily alarmist, to allege that a hostage situation unfolded at the St George's Hotel and Conference Centre. At no stage was there any violence, or threat to the lives of the two ministers and one deputy minister.”On Thursday, national police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo said police “penetrated the room where the hostages were being held”, and no shots were fired.

He confirmed that 56 people were arrested and “they are likely to face charges of at least three counts of kidnapping”.The MKMVA said it is deeply concerned that 56 military veterans were arrested, adding that they were mostly elderly and included three women.

“It is even more disconcerting that stun grenades were used in the raid on the meeting venue, and that some of those who have been arrested sustained injuries.”The MKMVA said the government seemed to be ignoring the frustrations of military veterans, which centred on the “dysfunctional” government department that was supposed to have their welfare at heart. headtopics.com

“One of the serious consequences of the administrative failures of the department of military veterans is that the school fees of children and dependents of military veterans have not been paid,” said Niehaus.“Among the other demands of military veterans, this critical issue must be fast-tracked and the outstanding school fees must be paid. The wellbeing and education of our children must never be endangered by mismanagement.”

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There was no hostage situation..they locked the door and couldn't remember which comrade had the key !!! Understand fully why the pigs on this ladies farm never stood a chance..Sad thing is this is type of leaders ANC give South Africa..Anc find this type capable..😁😁😁 Sad thing is South Africans support the party who put this type in leadership positions in South Africa 🤔

MK vets neh! 🤣😅 Carl Niehaus should be put on a constant check If they stopped them from leaving, it was a hostage situation. Indeed they should unite and fight for real freedom and justice in this Country not this artificial liberation of Cadres and they're families and friends now they jst throw every one in Prison for things they failed to do, Ministers conceded they were singing with combrades 🤷🏼‍♀️

In this country we deny everything even they are denying that today is Sunday. Unbelievable!! A circus!! 🙂💕

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‘What hostage situation?’ Veterans issue denial and call for release of arrested 56The disbanded Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association has demanded the immediate release of 56 people arrested for allegedly holding two ministers and a deputy minister hostage. Or what ? “Demanded”. 😂😂😂

‘What hostage situation?’ Veterans issue denial and call for release of arrested 56The disbanded Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has demanded the immediate release of 56 people arrested for allegedly holding two ministers and a deputy minister hostage. He banna how old are these vets that still have children at school 27 years after liberation, those children should be self supporting by now They have the nice live style and their other mk comrades got nothing so you will get problems sooner it later Correction: it took 2 hrs and 50min for breach team to get to scene and enter! A couple old unarmed freedom fighters hold back VIP protection 🤣🤣