Members of South African National Military Veterans Association have had enough of the poor service delivery they are getting. So they stormed the Department of Military Veterans in Pretoria demanding of the government to improve service delivery for military veterans who fought to dismantle the apartheid government.
The veterans as gathered, asked for the full package of their benefits be handed to them. They equally warned the department that their next march wouldn’t be peaceful if they fail to improve service delivery.
Among other things, the veterans want education for their children, health insurance and better housing. They lamented that it’s unfortunate their contribution and efforts in dismantling apartheid in the country has been forgotten by the government.
“We cannot allow a situation where those who fought for this freedom are still homeless, are sleeping in shacks. We cannot allow a situation where military veterans are no longer treated by doctors or hospitals simply because this department can no longer pay bills,” one of the military veterans arm – Umkonto we Sizwe Veterans Association stated.
Responding, the Department of Military Veterans related that the department has been battling service delivery challenges. Speaking for the department, Mbulelo Mmusi stated thus:
“We are already rolling out houses across the provinces however we acknowledge that the pace must be upped and we believe that with the turnaround, we are going to up the pace faster.”
Reporting this, SABC related that the newly formed Women Military Veterans Association of South Africa wailed that the role women played in the apartheid struggle is unappreciated and undermined as the association has consistently been regarded as nothing since it’s inception.
Sally Dlamini who spoke for the association said: “women military veterans have their peculiar and unique needs that they actually need to be catered for, nothing has been happening in that space.”