More dissenting voices as the nations commander-in-chief takes on the podium in a live broadcast. President Jacob Zuma while advancing to address the 5th Conference of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) experienced an unusual scuffle and confrontation . This would be the second within two months.
The conference will, amongst other things, elect new leaders.
The association has been a staunch defender of Zuma, amid calls for him to step down as president of the country.
Divisions within the MKMVA emerged on the eve of its elective conference, when four of its leaders announced that they would boycott the gathering due to membership irregularities.
The four are MKMVA national executive committee member Ike Moroe, deputy chairman Teenage Monama, General-Secretary Dumisani Nduli and his deputy Tshidiso Paka.
“As issues stand, we have it on good authority that about 60 percent of the more than 700 delegates that were registered yesterday [Wednesday] do not have ascertainable bona fides as MK military veterans,” the four said in a joint statement on Thursday.
“Given that a huge number of those veterans who have aligned themselves with the MK national council do not also have any form of representation in the forthcoming MKMVA conference, we hold that it would be incorrect for this conference to be viewed as a constitutional gathering of MKMVA with the powers to elect a new leadership,” they said.