defenceWeb is receiving its share of calls, emails etcetera from former national servicemen who served in the SA Defence Force believing the government owes them money for one reason or another.
As far as I can ascertain there is no such payment and has never been. The rumour mill and word-of-mouth may have confused a veterans registration process now underway under the Military Veterans Bill/Act.
This is aimed at registering all military veterans of all hues and persuasions, including national servicemen, in order to assist the destitute. Whether one qualifies for any or all benefits on offer depends on a means test. The exact details of this are unknown as the Regulations governing these are still to be promulgated.
Defence department spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini says veterans wishing to register should report to their nearest military base where they will be assisted.