MK Veterans protest: Outrage at the ANC prompts Durban shutdown

- Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association members have taken to the streets of Durban in protest

- The MKMVA is outraged at the ANC and the current state of the country, embarking on a shutdown in response

- The ANC, according to the group, has failed to engage with the veterans on their grievances

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MKMVA members have brought parts of Durban to a standstill on Friday after threatening to shut KwaZulu-Natal down on Friday.

The group promised that widespread protests would take place to signal their outrage at the African National Congress over the lack of action concerning corruption.

The high levels of unemployment in South Africa was also highlighted as a major issue by the group.

The group's Dumisani Thango commented on the action undertaken by the MKMVA, telling IOL that:

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“They are not in a position to take decisive decisions. Our struggle now, the revolution we are about to wage, we are not fooling around. We are going ahead with our planned protest. The ANC has failed to listen to our concerns. I guess the ANC wants us to act."

The MKMVA's provincial committee in the province has distanced itself from the protest, saying that it had not been consulted. Jazzman Mthembu, PEC secretary, commented on the shutdown and told the SABC that:

“I assume also that regional leaders were not consulted. That is a huge problem, because I think if the comrades had engaged us, we would have engaged them on other means to voice their concerns, they did not give us that opportunity to engage them.”

The KZN branch of the ANC itself has expressed similar concerns over the protests, encouraging the disgruntled members to engage with the party:

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“As the ANC, we remain firm and committed to saying let us work with each other to try and solve all the issues that are there whatever challenges. We agree and acknowledge that there are things that could have been done better in the previous years."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association has signalled its anger over the 'wanton acts of looting and corruption that characterize the abuse of Covid-19' funds.

Spokesperson Carl Niehaus dubbed it 'prime evil' to steal from the vulnerable at this critical time in favour of enriching corrupt politicians:

"We ask ourselves what besets ANC councillors to literally steal food parcels meant for the poorest of the poor and hoard them at their houses. This is prime evil and they should be exposed and harshly dealt with!"

Niehaus is adamant that the time to simply voice displeasure over corruption within the ranks of the ANC is over and that the time for action has come:

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"As for us in MKMVA, we are sick and tired of such nonsense! Courage is now needed by those comrades among us who are still truly committed to our full liberation ideals, and care for the people of our country, to stand up and be counted."

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