The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) is currently busy with a second round of verification of former non-statutory force members who were neither integrated nor demobilised.
It aims to put former MK, Apla, Azanla soldiers living in Mpumalanga onto the national veterans’ database so they will qualify for benefits set out in the 2011 Military Veterans Act.
Similar campaigns in Gauteng and North West last year saw the details of more than 300 veterans added to the database.
According to the DMV: “The creation of a credible database for military veterans is critical in ensuring an effective, efficient and seamless delivery of benefits as outlined in Section Five of the Military Veterans Act. The DMV calls on all military veterans from the non-statutory forces to take advantage of this opportunity and come forward to be verified so as to be able to access their benefits”.
The Mpumalanga verification round started on May 19 at the provincial Joint Operations headquarters in Nelspruit and 4 SA Infantry Battalion in Middelburg and runs through to June 14.
Other verification events are scheduled for KwaZulu-Natal (June 14 to July 15 at Durban Light Infantry Regiment), Free State (July 15 to August 14 at Tempe, Bloemfontein), Western Cape (August 15 to September 14 at the Castle of Good Hope and I SA Infantry Battalion, Oudtshoorn), Northern Cape (September 15 to October 15 in Kimberley), Eastern Cape (October 15 to November 14 at forest Hill, Port Elizabeth) and Limpopo (November 15 to December 14 in Polokwane).