MKMVA vs ANC: Ruling Party Allegedly Planning to Disband Association

MKMVA vs ANC: Ruling Party Allegedly Planning to Disband Association

- After various reports surfaced that it was recommended to the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association to disband, they have spoken out

- Reports state that the MKMVA is willing to fight for their rights if there are any future attempts to disband them, according to Kebby Maphatsoe

- Rumours of the alleged disbandment have been circulating on social media as well as through various news agencies

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The uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has reportedly received a recommendation from the African National Congress stating that they should be disbanded and replaced by a unity conference.

Reports stated that the unity conference, which the MK Council forms part of, should be convened as soon as possible. Kebby Maphatsoe, the President of the MKMVA, stated that the association is willing to fight any and all attempts to disband them by the ruling party.

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Maphatsoe explained that the MKMVA had done nothing to make the ANC want to disband them, adding that the ruling party has no reason to do so.

MKMVA vs ANC: Ruling party allegedly planning to disband association
Reports state that the ANC is planning to disband the MKMVA. Image: Guillem Sartorio / AFP and Jerome Delay / POOL / AFP
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Insider information

According to TimesLIVE, insiders of the ruling party revealed at the beginning of the week that the National Working Committee (NWC) made the decision to dissolve the MKMVA as well as the MK National Council, which is led by Gregory Nthatisi.

The publication stated that sources close to the situation revealed that the ANC intends on building one united structure by collapsing the two organisations mentioned above.

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A report by IOL stated that Kebby Maphatsoe spoke to them and explained that the widespread rumours of the forced disbandment were partly false. Maphatsoe told the media publication that President Cyril Ramaphosa had not decreed that the MKMVA be dissolved.

However, the recommendation allegedly came from ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni.

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Carl Niehaus vs Fikile Mbalula

Previously, Briefly News reported that Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter to call MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus out. He accused Niehaus of being out of order after Niehaus shared a post of an ANC function that featured the radical economic transformation policy (RET).

It is not clear if Mbalula is talking about the RET function or if it has anything to do with Niehaus's support of the suspended secretary-general of the ANC Ace Magashule. Mbalula's tweet read:

"You are out of order Carl for a very long time, this must be stopped, you need to be disciplined."

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