The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) will put measures in place to prevent fraud and criminality in the verification of military veterans as it creates a credible database.
In March it started the process of verifying military veterans who were not part of the integration process during the formation of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in 1994.
This comprised members of the Azanian National Liberation Army Military Veterans Association (AZANLAMVA), Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) as well as the Azanian People’s Liberation Army Military Veterans Association (APLAMVA).
The process is a significant step in the direction of ensuring the department rolls out the social benefits stipulated in the Military Veterans Act, Director-General Tsepe Motumi said.
Verified beneficiaries will receive a health card which will, among others, enable them to access medical care at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. Some will also be placed for employment in other government departments.
Motumi and a delegation from the military veterans formations agreed on the need to fast track and streamline the verification process to enhance delivery of benefits to military veterans.
He held a meeting with APLAMVA, MKMVA and AZANLAMVA in Pretoria where the issue was discussed.
“We are concerned about the continued delay of the verification process which was due to be completed by the end of August this year. Accordingly, we are going to ensure the process is fast tracked and concluded as soon as possible so the DMV can focus on its main mandate of delivering benefits as stipulated in the Military Veterans Act of 2011,” he said adding co-operation of military veterans formations and military veterans in general, who are supposed to undergo the verification process, was critical in ensuring a speedy conclusion.
The process will be suspended at the end of August so as to review and look at lessons learnt as well as to outline the fast tracking process to the verification process.
One of the areas to be given attention is tightening and preventing fraudulent attempts by those who are being verified as well accomplices to such attempts.
To date the verification panel, which has only met in Johannesburg, has interviewed, verified and in some instances has pending cases awaiting further investigation as well as those whose verification was unsuccessful.
No details of the number of veterans now qualifying for benefits were released.