Mbalula slams veterans as 'thugs' after group calls for his arrest

Mbalula slams veterans as 'thugs' after group calls for his arrest

- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has decided to take on Carl Niehaus

- The politician slammed the MK veteran in a number of posts on social media

- Mbalula had drawn Niehaus' ire by referring to the veterans as 'thugs'

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has thrown shade insinuating that the MK Military Association are 'thugs' pretending to be veterans.

This drew the ire of Carl Niehaus, who called the politician to order, commenting on the social media post:

"Minister Mbalula this is enough! You don’t call MK cadres, many of them much older than you, thugs. Some of these cadres are old enough to be your parents. These are cadres who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, yours too, and are suffering neglect & poverty. RESPECT!"
Mbalula went on a rampage after the veterans called for his arrest. Image: Flickr/ GovernmentZA
Source: UGC

This did little to persuade Mbalula to end his tirade with the minister continuing to say that:

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"They run amok organising marches threatening the rule of law, suspected criminals Kebby and Carl Niehaus. They organise tired self defence units and they call themselves MK with old Gupta-sponsored camouflage uniform its even warn out. Carl Niehaus is a well-known thug employed by Magashule at Luthuli House."

Niehaus responded by telling Mbalula that his comments were disrespectful in light of the struggle many veterans had endured:

"Minister Mbalula the day you are an ANC veteran of 42 years, who served 10 years as a political prisoner for my membership of the ANC and MK you can dare to talk to me in this tone. You’re not worthy to walk in the old shoes of those MK cadres that you insulted."

When it became apparent that Mbalula remained unconcerned by his disapproval, Niehaus called for an apology and retracted:

"As a member of the NEC of MKMVA, and National Spokesperson of MKMVA I will be negligent in my duties to let this appalling tweet by you, Minister Mbalula, go unchallenged. You must retract and apologise!"

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Earlier, reported that the Gauteng Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has made it clear, they want the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula arrested for allowing the train service to fall into disrepair.

The veterans said that they would make their demands when they march on the ANC headquarters on Monday. Only seven of the 34 Metrorail lines are in operation across the country and the seven that are working are operating at limited capacity.

Business managers arrested in possession of R25m of Transnet goods This is due to the increase in cases of theft which has plagued Transnet with everything from overhead cables to fuel being stolen.

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