MKMVA CONDEMNS STUDENTS VIOLENT PROTESTS
By: Zinhle Mngadi
The uMkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) proclaimed their disapproval in the recent violent student protest at universities nationally at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Natal Sabotage Trial in Durban on Thursday.
Military Veteran and guest speaker Sonny ‘Bobby’ Singh said that the price that they had to pay for democracy was great and that he does not regret joining the MK military wing. Singh also condemned the resent violent protest at universities saying that they always believed in non-violent protest when fighting against the Apartheid Regime.
“Many people sacrificed their lives and comfort of living for this democracy. People preferred to spend time in prison, the likes of Goven Mbeki, Nelson Mandela and myself spent 10 to 20 years in prison but I can say without any shadow of doubt that I do not regret joining the MK movement. Chief Luthuli and the others were involved in non-violent protests and I thing young people should learn and take not of that,” said Singh.
The veterans association commemorated the trial that played a major role in the formation of the constitution and South Africa’s democracy. The trial was held in 1960 when 19 protesters were arrested in Johannesburg and appeared in trial where most were sentenced to over ten years in prison. Most of these protesters came from the labour unions and the African National Congress (ANC).
Provincial leader of the MKMVA, Marks Linda Mbutho, said that the aim of the MKMVA is to assist government to combating the socio-economic issues that suppress the youth.
“The aim of the MKMVA is to make sure that working with government, we do away with poverty, crime and unemployment in our society,” said Mbutho.
MKMVA secretary Dumisani Nduli told Iziko News that the association will be conducting workshops for the youth to provide political education to the youth.
“We will be conducting workshops where the youth will be educated about politics. Where we are coming from and not blame them for the mistakes they do without teaching them,” said Nduli.