Police have arrested more than 50 people after a group of military veterans held the National Defence Minister, Thandi Modise, her deputy Thabang Makwetla and Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele hostage at the St. George’s Hotel in Irene, south of Pretoria on Thursday, October 14.
According to reports by SABC, the veterans did not want the officials to leave the building after their meeting wasn’t proceeding as planned. The minister and the other official were held hostage from 7 pm and was only released after 10 pm.
The crowd who were mostly war vets from Pietermaritzburg reportedly demanded an R2,2 million reparation for each member who served in the struggle, News 24 reported.
Meanwhile, the Minister in the Presidency, Gungubele, shared his account of the incident and also thanked the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele and the security forces for assisting them.
Minister in the Presidency, Mr Mondli Gungubele gives an account of the incident which occurred at St George’s Hotel earlier this evening during a meeting between the Presidential Task Team on Matters of Military Veterans and Military Veterans. pic.twitter.com/RYcNq5Pwbf
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