MK’s current political responsibility
Phukubje via SMS Yes, they do carry political responsibility and I suggest they express it by engaging with the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) and start to mobilise and engage with ordinary civilians on the real issues Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) stood for, as opposed to what is being done in the name of the MK Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA). Afrika Majola Gauteng As political soldiers, MK members have a current political responsibility. This should be expressed in any way practical, including all forms of media. Like our MK support and advocacy cadres assembly held in November. We had to take a political stand to defend the ANC veterans who Kebby Maphatsoe, deputy minister of defence and MKMVA chairperson, called “empty tins”. We had to stand up and tell him that he doesn’t talk on our behalf by insulting our elders. These empty tins are in fact the founding fathers of MK. We told him not in our name. Going forward, we need to approach the ANC NEC to take Kebby to task. #NotInOurName Gail Amber Allen Eastern Cape Millions continue to be bandied round in every depressing article related to the ANC. Jacob Zuma, Maphatsoe and the rest of the corrupt looters should be hung out in public by the genuine MK veterans, so many of whom are left destitute. All citizens should stand up. May these poor veterans be given a break with some fairness and justice. Mottoman Ephraim Nkosi Mpumalanga As a collective, we need to talk and amend both the MKMVA and ANC constitutions to find expression of our previous, current and future political responsibilities. Joe Gumbi KwaZulu-Natal Practically, in any society, there’s no particular sector that’s immune from responsibility: socially, economically, politically and otherwise. Lawrence Ramotsamai (Combat name Thuntsa Lerole) Gauteng I joined Umkhonto weSizwe in 1989 and trained in Uganda, and proceeded to Tanzania to train as a regular soldier. I also trained in Zimbabwe as an officer. I share the same sentiment with you, comrades. We’ve been marginalised by this gang who looted government resources and left us in the cold. As I read that article I shed tears, comrades.
TAKE A STAND MKMVA members stand guard outside the governing party’s headquarters on the day the protest group called #Occupy Luthuli – mostly ANC members – marched on the building to demand President Jacob Zuma’s resignation. The group was prevented from delivering a petition to ANC leaders by MKMVA members and other Zuma loyalists