THE Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, expressed anger and disappointment at allegations spread in the media by Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) president, Kebby Maphatsoe, that her attendance of the MK National Council was factional and aimed at her presidential campaign.
In a statement released last night, Sisulu dismissed the allegations as a failed strategy to stop her from working towards unifying military veterans and addressing their housing challenges.
“I am not surprised by this, what angers me is that those who thrive in disunity and chaos are the ones making these allegations,” Sisulu said.
“As a military veteran my priority is to see a united and legitimate MKMVA working towards addressing all challenges facing our veterans. I have never been about factions but focused on addressing housing challenges of veterans.”
Sisulu added that she invited the Department of Human Settlements to bring their mobile service point to verify and update the military veterans housing database to ensure credibility and transparency in the allocation of houses to all deserving military veterans.
This was in response to a request from the Department of Military Veterans which had asked for assistance from the minister.
“Deputy Minister Maphatsoe informed us in June 2017 that after his department returned funds to Treasury that his department is unable to compile a credible database of all indigent military veterans seeking social and economic assistance. We offered to assist and we have put together teams and resources to develop a credible database and to ensure that legitimate veterans are prioritized at all times in the allocation of houses,” added Sisulu.
The minister added that all delegates at the MK council, many of them old and unhappy with the slow pace of rolling out housing benefits, emphasised the importance of a united and legitimate MKMVA to champion the interests of all veterans.