Military veterans’ verification starts


Non-Statutory Force (NSF) military veterans can report for verification and addition to the national veterans’ database in Johannesburg from tomorrow.

“The verification process is mainly for members of the Azanian National Liberation Army Military Veterans Association (Azanlamva), Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) and the Azanian Peoples’ Liberation Army Military Veterans Association (Aplamva),” said Tsepe Motumi, Department of Military Veterans (DMV) Director General.
“The verification exercise is an important part of the core mandate of the department to, among others, have an accurate database with the necessary integrity and reliability. This will ensure no military veteran is left out and there is no room for fraud and corruption we when start rolling out social and economic benefits for veterans and their dependents in the coming financial year.
“We are working with a sense of urgency to ensure finalisation of the verification process and consolidation of the entire military veterans’ database,” Motumi said.

The verification process will be overseen by a five member panel comprising former NSF members headed by Major General (ret) EM Mashoala.

Azanlamva has submitted 679 names for interviewing and verification, Aplamva 233 names with MKMVA still to forward its list of names to the DMV.
“Most MKMVA and Aplamva members are in the database as they were part of the 1994 SANDF integration process. This verification process will see more attention given to Azanla as its members were never integrated and are not in the system,” Social and Economic Support Deputy Director General Mabel Rantla said.

Veterans should report to Braampark, 33 Hoofd Street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg to ensure their details are verified. More information is available from 0800 2010 63.

Rantla said the DMV database was currently around the 56 000 mark. “We are also working with StatsSA to clean up the data already captured,” she said.

Attempts to contact DMV media liaison officer Mbulelo Musi to ascertain how long verification would last were unsuccessful.

According to the Military Veterans Act of 2011, a military veteran is “a South African citizen who rendered military service to any of the military organisations, which were involved on all the sides of South Africa’s liberation war from 1960 to 1994, those who served in the Union Defence Force before 1961, and those who became members of the South African National Defence Force after 1994, and has completed his/her military training and no longer performs military duties, and has not been dishonourably discharged from that military organisation.”