MK’s cur­rent po­lit­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity

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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.

PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES / THE TIMES / ALON SKUY

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

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