The “left out” status apparently accorded former Cape Corps combatants in democratic South Africa’s defence and military structures looks set to change following a meeting with one of Parliament’s two defence oversight committees.
In a first a delegation from the SA Cape Corps Military Veterans Association (SACCMVA) last week attended and presented at a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veteran s (PCDMV), under joint chairmanship of Cyril Xaba.
Post the meeting, SACCMVA said in a statement its feelings of “just being recognised on paper only” were noted by as well as Xaba’s statement that he would make representations to the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) for SACCMVA to be part of future interactions and communication.
“SACCMVA raised the issue of SANMVA (SA National Military Veterans Association) not responding nor recognising full representation and full participation in the mother body. Xaba said he would have expected SACCMVA to serve as part of the mother body and would summon SANMVA to the Portfolio Committee to account for its actions over two years’ failure to engage. This is a key issue that has always been a major concern for all former SACC combatants in restoring dignity through full recognition as an equal to other former formations,” the statement reads.