Speaking to the veterans at a meeting at the Mbombela army base in Mpumalanga in his capacity as chairperson of the Presidential Task Team on Military Veterans, Mabuza said the freedom fighters were special people in the liberation of the country and the government is trying to deal with their frustrations and problems they are facing.
“This kind of family of military veterans is very special to us and should be treated as such. But… we expect it not to be growing each and every day as we see it. The family should shrink.
“To my surprise, it’s growing bigger, some [with people saying they are members] are young but say they are military veterans. But they are encouraged by yourselves somewhere when you are competing in your structures.
“Some went to bring those who are not in the list of military veterans. Please stop that and if there’s someone not belonging to the list, you are the ones to tell us that this one doesn’t belong here. We can’t have the department dealing with the list to work alone in the verification, so we must work together. But those who have been verified must get their benefits while we continue verifying others,” said Mabuza.