Military veterans in the Free State say many of them are in need and need work and other opportunities that will improve their livelihoods.
They say they need access to medical services for veterans without having to travel to the 3rd Military Hospital for medical care.
The veterans went to the Free State Prime Minister’s office in Bloemfontein to hand over a memorandum with their demands.
Left in the cold
In a small but peaceful march, military veterans accused the government of failing to fulfill its duty to enforce the Military Veterans Act.
Veterans say they should be recognized as victims they have made in the service of democratizing South Africa.
They demand that military veterans be stationed in each municipality for easy access.
Veterans say they were left in the cold.
Lebohang Melato, a spokesman for the group, said they were tired of being sent from the post to the post.
“Our main claim is that 11 years have passed since the adoption of the Law on Military Veterans, but so far it is in the Free State, the distribution of benefits has not been affected. Yes, we could say that about 50 houses have been built in the province and mainly in Bloemfontein. But when it comes to other regions, houses are built, but now these houses are destroyed because they give us houses, do not give us work, how will we maintain these houses.
Widows of veterans
Some veterans ’widows say they continue to suffer.
One widow says, “We fought as widows and orphans of the Free State. Our government does not care about us. We do not care, so we demand answers. We want all these 11 benefits as well. ”
Another says, “My President, we are suffering. Our husbands fought for this country, and we are fighting. Please help us. My Prime Minister, my President, we suffer as widows and orphans, please help. ”
The Free State Cooperative for Cooperative Governance Mksolisi Dukvana says restoring the dignity of military veterans is important.
Duquana says they will meet with Vice President David Mabuza next week to discuss, among other things, issues raised by military veterans.
“On the 26th we will have a meeting with the deputy president, and the task force and those who will meet will consider the memorandum, and we will then give an answer.”
Military veterans in the Free State have given the provincial government seven days to respond to their memorandum of demands.
Weak socio-economic support
Over the weekend Mabuza was in Mahikenga in the northwest, addressing military veterans. He does so as chairman of the presidential task force on war veterans.
Military veterans across the country are shouting about poor socio-economic security and non-receipt of pensions and benefits. The task force has already fought in Limpopo, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.
Mabuza promised military veterans that they should receive a pension soon. It’s like many before struggling to access their benefits
Vice President David Mabuza addresses war veterans