- The MKMVA says it is still angry that Derek Hanekom met with the EFF in 2017 to discuss the possible removal of Jacob Zuma from office
- This comes after Zuma branded Hanekom an "apartheid spy"
- Hanekom is suing the former president over the remarks
Several senior figures in the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) say that Derek Hanekom must face consequences for meeting with EFF members in 2017 to discuss a motion of no confidence in then-president Jacob Zuma.
This comes after the MKMVA tried to have Hanekom expelled from the ANC last month, but their attempt was unsuccessful.
Since then, the organisation has said that it will be backing Jacob Zuma in court following the former president's description of Hanekom as an "apartheid spy".
Hanekom has taken Zuma to court over his remarks, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Zuma had cast several aspersions against Hanekom on Twitter. For example, Zuma slammed the former tourism minister as a "known enemy agent", according to IOL.
Hanekom has denied the allegation and says that Zuma himself knows the statement is false. Hanekom has since asked Zuma to take down the tweet and retract the statement but Zuma has not complied. As a result, Hanekom is suing the former president for R500 000. The matter will be heard by the Durban High Court on 21 August.
Carl Niehaus, MKMVA's national spokesperson, said that the MKVMA would be in court as well. He added that the organisation is still angry at Hanekom for his actions in 2017. Indeed, they have expressed outrage that an ANC member met with opposition parties to discuss the removal of a sitting ANC president.
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