The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has labelled deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa a liar and an opportunist who is seeking to capitalise on the divisions of MK soldiers and push his ambitions to become the next leader of the ANC.
The association took a swipe at the Deputy President after he addressed a meeting of another faction of MK combatants, the MK Council, against the advice of his own fellow party leaders.
The MKMVA which is well known for its staunch supporter of the Zuma-led government accused the Presidential hopeful Ramaphosa of being factional and cunny in his approach to ensure his win ahead of the December conference.
Ramaphosa addressed the veterans on Saturday where he blamed the existence of the factions of the military veterans squarely on the ANC national leadership
He, however, acknowledged that both himself and the rest of the ANC leadership has done nothing to unite the warring factions. He went further to defend his presence at the conference and said he wanted to unite both organisations.
The gathering was snubbed by the MKMVA‚ South African National Civic Organisation‚ Congress of South African Trade Unions‚ ANC Women’s and Youth Leagues on Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, the MKMVA deputy president Taylor Nsimbini said Deputy Ramaphosa was lying about his intentions to reunite the MKMMVAof being “a liar” who has for a long time been factional.
“I think he is lying when he says he attended the national council conference on the basis of that his interest was to unite the MKMVA. If he wanted to unite the MKMVA and the council‚ he has the right to call the two structures and ask them to clarify what our differences are‚” said Nsimbini.
Wiseman Ntobela, MKMVA secretary-general also weighed in the matter and launched an attack on Ramaphosa for insisting on addressing the factional association despite warnings
“In his speeches‚ he was very factional. He cannot talk about the unity of MKMVA and the national council because we are here on the seventh floor every day and he has never tried to consult with us and ask what the problem is. Instead‚ he goes out of the office and goes to build the so-called unity that he is talking about‚” said Ntobela.
” You see‚ when you are going to be a factionalist‚ it doesn’t knock to you (it doesn’t click in your head). You sleep being revolutionary and you wake up being a factionalist because of your ambitions. The problem with him is that he doesn’t realise that he has become a factionalist because of his ambition‚” he said.
MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe who is equally a staunch supporter of President Zuma and his preferred ANC leader candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma‚ also weighed in on the debate, saying the presence of both presidential candidates Ramaphosa and Lindiwe Sisulu at the weekend should not be left unattended and disciplinary measures must be taken against them.