Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKVMA) leader Kebby Maphatsoe has washed his hands off the criticism hurled by a collective of former MK commanders against president Zuma.
Maphatsoe lashed out at them, saying their recent comment do not in any way represent the views of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKVMA) combatants.
He opined that such comments may instigate revolt within the ruling party considering its weight. Maphatsoe further accused the senior ANC members, of conspiring with former youth league leader Ronald Lamola and some members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) to send President Jacob Zuma out of power.
The MKMVA leader bashed harder on the generals, accusing them of being inactive and insensitive about the activities of the ANC and wondered on whose authority they speak out about political developments.
“They are not the only ones who are commanders of Mkhonto we Sizwe, so they cannot claim to be representing the MKMVA. It shows people who are still backward.”
Maphatsoe divulged that the former commanders were being used to carefully discredit Zuma. He however added that their agitation is irrelevant because it does not represent the views of the ANC’s military wing.
“We can see this thing was planned. Lamola came the same day at St Georges. Some members of the NEC also raised the same concerns at the congress and we know that they are their friends,” Maphatsoe.
He opined that their call for a special ANC congress is bogus, hence “We take it that people want to cause mutiny.”
Over the weekend, former members of the ANC asserted that they won’t remain silent and see things fall apart. Hence, they wrote to the ANC NEC, requesting them to convene a special national congress.
The former ANC military commanders said they were infuriated by recent political developments within the ANC, which include the removal of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister, the public scuffle between the Hawks and Pravin Gordhan and verbal attacks launched on the deputy finance minister.
Speaking further in their letter, the former commanders called on the ANC executive body to elect new leadership during the special national congress.
The generals also urged the ANC to deal directly with the alleged Gupta family’s influence over Zuma’s administration.
The letter was signed by former communications minister Siphiwe Nyandaand was handed to the ANC’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe during the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting over the weekend.