MK Military Veterans withdraw memorandum after premier fails to meet them
The Gauteng Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) march on Monday hit a snag as they withdrew their memorandum due to the unavailability of the premier.
Thanduxolo Dyodo, MKMVA Johannesburg region secretary, said they would not hand the memorandum of demands to anyone but premier David Makhura.
“We have decided to withdraw the memorandum. We were told the premier is not available to receive it. We want to meet the premier no later than Wednesday.
“The march is going successfully,” said Dyodo.
Those thugs calling themselves Mk .— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) October 12, 2020
The group, together with other organisations, marched to the premier's office to raise their grievances on the plight of the poor and forgotten freedom ﬁghters, rampant corruption in the country, and the demand for the arrest of apartheid-era killers.
“Also, the arrest of transport minister [Fikile Mbalula] for the damaged railway network, the plight of truck and taxi drivers, crime and gender-based violence. Overall, the march is in support of the ANC's official economic policy programme for Radical Economic Transformation (RET),” said the MKMVA in a statement.
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#sapsGP About 300 members of Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) have arrived at the Gauteng Premier's Office to handover a memorandum. Members of #SAPS & Johannesburg Metro Police Department are monitoring the march. No violent incidents reported so far. TM pic.twitter.com/4wMBeLlqYe— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) October 12, 2020