JOHANNESBURG- The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has on Saturday lambasted Solidarity for allegedly spreading malicious lies against former liberation fighters who are employed in the South African Police Service (SAPS) in order to try and prevent them from being promoted to senior ranks, simply because of the colour of their skin without consideration for qualifications, service records and ability.
MKMVA has accused the Solidarity Trade Union of being a reactionary and racist organization which only serves white people after it attacked former black MK members.
“It is disturbing to note how Solidarity abuses social media platforms to spread malicious lies against former liberation fighters who are employed in SAPS. Their mobilization against former non-statutory forces inside the structures of SAPS has been relentless, and is intended to cause increased internal racial tension among members of SAPS, and to undermine its efficient functioning”, said MKMVA in a statement.
The movement further said that it is disturbing that mainstream media houses such Media24 allow themselves to be used and abused by Solidarity, and report their racist drivel without any attempt at fair and critical analytical reporting.
“The front page report in the Afrikaans newspaper Rapport last Sunday (4 November 2018) under the emotive headline: “Dit reën range by SAPS” (It rains ranks at SAPS), was an example of Solidarity’s racist propaganda being published without any attempt to do fair reporting and to investigate what the truth is”.
MKMVA said it is painful that liberation fighters who have dedicated their lives to the liberation of the people and made huge personal sacrifices, are now being denigrated and called all kinds of racist names.
“We have not forgotten that many of the members of Solidarity were the benefactors of apartheid, and defended apartheid to the such an extent that they actually served in the security forces of the old apartheid regime. As such they brutally oppressed, tortured and killed black South Africans (especially Africans), while systematically enforcing apartheid.”
“Their hands are still dripping with the blood of our people, yet they see it fit to arrogantly spread outrageous lies that some of our members were “still in their nappies” during the armed struggle for liberation. These blatant lies are spread while it is on record that many of our members were incarcerated in apartheid prisons as political prisoners, and some were actually on death row”.
MKMVA said that this is in contrast to the heroic sacrifices that its members made for the liberation of the people.
“Many Solidarity members were actually members of the notorious security police branch; they were the ones who arrested and tortured our members, and who imprisoned them. All these heinous crimes they committed in the name of defending racism and apartheid, but now they want to arrogantly pass judgement on us! We will never tolerate such insensitive and arrogant behaviour!”
The movement further said that its members who are due for rank promotion in the SAPS are highly deserving and patriotic South Africans who have proved their commitment to a non-racial and democratic society.
“As former members of MK, and liberation fighters, they have proved their preparedness to selflessly serve their people, and we have no doubt that they will continue to serve our country and make a critical contribution in the fight against crime. They have also proved themselves to be committed to work for national reconciliation, and to heal the deep wounds of the past by inflicted by apartheid brutality and numerous atrocities. Many of which members of Solidarity were directly responsible for”.
MKMVA has called on Solidarity to immediately cease their resistance to the fundamental transformation of SAPS into a truly integrated national police force that will reflect the demographic realities of our country, and give due recognition to its members who have shown their mettle and commitment to the people through their years of heroic service as liberation fighters in the struggle against apartheid.
The movement has furthermore warned Solidarity not to mistakenly see their members disciplined commitment to trying to build a united SAPS and trying to heal South Africa from its racist and deeply traumatic history, as weakness.
“We will not tolerate their hankering back to apartheid, and their racist propaganda attacks, any longer. While our members will remain disciplined and committed to the South African Constitution that we have fought so hard for, we will none the less take Solidarity, and the likes of them, head-on”.
MKMVA said Solidarity must understand that they will never be allowed to succeed with their backward, and racist, ideas.
“Those ideas will ultimately be consigned to the trash can of history where they belong, and the members of MKMVA will make sure that this is achieved sooner rather than later”.
“As the formal military veterans association for former MK combatants, MKMVA stands firmly behind our members and fully support them in their continuing struggle for recognition and justice in SAPS. This is the only way that SAPS can be transformed into a fully representative and effective crime-fighting organization that will truly serve all the people of our beloved country”.