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56 Military Veterans arrested after allegedly holding ministers hostage

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Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Defense Minister Thandi Modise and her deputy, Thabang Makwetla, began talks with the war veterans on Thursday to discuss reparations. There was a disagreement on how the meeting should take place and the ministers were then prevented from leaving the hotel, Gungubele said on Twitter.

The South African Police freed two cabinet ministers held hostage by military veterans demanding reparations for their involvement in the fight against White-minority rule a quarter century ago.

At least 56 people were arrested after the incident at a hotel near the capital, Pretoria, on Thursday night, the police said in a statement. They face charges of kidnapping, National Joint Operational & Intelligence Structure spokesman Vish Naidoo said.

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Defense Minister Thandi Modise and her deputy, Thabang Makwetla, began talks with the war veterans on Thursday to discuss reparations. There was a disagreement on how the meeting should take place and the ministers were then prevented from leaving the hotel, Gungubele said on Twitter.

Minister in the Presidency, Mr Mondli Gungubele gives an account of the hostage incident which occurred at St George’s Hotel earlier this evening during a meeting between the Presidential Task Team on Matters of Military Veterans, Defence Minister Thandi Modise, Her Deputy Thabang Makwetla and Military Veterans.

“As we were leaving the meeting, proceeding to the doors, they closed the doors,” he said. “It is at that point when we realized that we were held hostage.”

The former fighters want the government to pay them a once-off gratuity of 4.2 million rand ($284,000), provide assistance from financial institutions to help them establish businesses, and set up medical insurance for their families, Lwazi Mzobe, a spokesman for the veterans, told Johannesburg-based broadcaster Newzroom Afrika. @bloomberg


Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Defense Minister Thandi Modise and her deputy, Thabang Makwetla, began talks with the war veterans on Thursday to discuss reparations. There was a disagreement on how the meeting should take place and the ministers were then prevented from leaving the hotel, Gungubele said on Twitter.
Military Veterans singing at the Saint George Hotel . Picture Supplied

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