Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kebby Maphatsoe during an interview on September 13, 2014 in Johannesburg.
- Editor&39;s note: This story has been edited after initially stating the MKMVA was unhappy with the removal of former Minister Des van Rooyen from Cabinet. According to Kebby Maphatsoe, MKMVA President, the organisation accepts the decision of the President in this regard.
JOHANNESBURG - The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has praised the ANC&39;s plans to push ahead with land expropriation without compensation.
The MKMVA held a briefing on Sunday following its first National Executive Committee meeting of the year.
The Association reiterated its support for President Cyril Ramaphosa after it campaigned for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over as ANC leader in December.
"Our members are loyal and disciplined liberation fighters. We have and protected gains made by the ANC. There must be no doubt that similarly to how we supported president Zuma as president we will do the same for the newly-elected ANC NEC under the leadership of comrade President Cyril Ramaphosa,” said MKMVA leader Kebby Maphatsoe.
Maphatsoe says they have pledged their support to President Ramaphosa, we discussed the unauthorised statements where our members criticised Ramaphosa and distance themselves from that. MKVA— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) March 4, 2018
Maphatsoe is essentially praising former President Zuma for resigning and saying he attended the party&39;s engagement, it deserves special mention. MKVA— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) March 4, 2018
The Association also spoke about the recent police killings in eNgcobo in the Eastern Cape, echoing police minister Bheki Cele&39;s calls that officers should retaliate with fire when they come under attack.