‘Treat mil­i­tary vet­er­ans well or...’

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NE­GLECT­ING mil­i­tary vet­er­ans could lead them to be­come danger­ous crim­i­nals or drive them to take up arms against the state.

This chill­ing warn­ing was made by Deputy De­fence and Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans Min­is­ter Tha­bang Mak­wetla in an in­ter­view this week.

Cer­tain vet­er­ans, es­ti­mated to num­ber 20 000, could re­ceive free houses, sub­sidised med­i­cal care and ed­u­ca­tion and other fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits.

But he said: “Those who were in the (for­mer) SADF and TBVC states (home­land armies); they were not work­ing without (pay), they were liv­ing with their fam­i­lies and were able to pro­cure houses at the time… they do not qual­ify for houses”.

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