Just one more step closer to South Zimbabwe status.
Johannesburg - The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association has threatened to render the Western Cape ungovernable if its premier Helen Zille continues "insulting" newly-elected President Jacob Zuma.
"Should Helen Zille not refrain from this anti-African and racist behaviour, we are not going to hesitate, but craft and launch a political programme aimed at rendering the Western Cape ungovernable," MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe said in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Maphatsoe said this was not intended to send the wrong message to the world, but veterans could not sit back while Zille cast disdain on Zuma's cultural preferences. Oh.... the "shag anything that moves" culture
"Her latest attack on the personal integrity of our president deserves a response by all South Africans," he said, reacting to Zille's comment that Zuma put his wives at risk of Aids as he had unprotected sex with an HIV positive woman.
Describing Zille as a "racist longing for the apartheid past," he said the Constitution recognised the right of all South Africans to exercise their cultural beliefs without unfair prejudice from any provincial powers.
The MKMVAs deputy secretary Ramatuku Maphutha said the association would mobilise soldiers in the Western Cape to go to Zille's office sometime next week if she did not retract her statement.
"They are always ready [the soldiers]. It's either she [Zille] vacates the office, or co-operates.
We are prepared to sleep there if need be until we get an impressive response," said Ramatuku.
The veterans congratulated all elected public representatives in the provincial legislatures and Parliament, particularly Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her deputy Thabang Makwetla. "We are particularly confident of the Minister Sisulu.
We know that she is the only minister that had started implementing the Polokwane resolution on the military veterans even before the fourth general elections," said Maphatsoe.
He said the veterans would not hesitate to take up issues which still remained unanswered by the government. These included the poor salaries some members of the South African National Defence Force.
"Some SANDF members earn less than R5 000 a month, even after 15 years of service while ex-combatants still live in poverty and die as paupers." Maphatsoe said there was also evidence of unfair discrimination within the force and the ill-treatment of members.
"It is our hope that the new ministry shall be more responsive to these issues and many more, primarily as such issues affect former liberation army members," he said.