Dec 4, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Case withdrawn against military vets charged after ministers ‘held hostage’

The state has dropped the case against 53 military veterans who were arrested in October last year for allegedly taking hostages by cabinet ministers.

The matter came to light on Tuesday at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court after it was postponed following a prosecution decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The arrested veterans were faced with 27 counts: one charge of conspiracy to kidnap and 26 charges of kidnapping.

At the time, the state said: it was considering to add terrorist charges.

TimesLIVE previously reported that Defense Minister Thandi Modise, her deputy Thabang Makwetla and Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele were alleged to be< span>< /span>Prevented from leaving a meeting at a hotel in Tshwane.

Police intervened after veterans blocked the exits and prevented the three from leaving.

It was alleged the group stormed into the Saint George Hotel, where they closed entrances and barricaded doors with chairs, telling the ministerial delegation that no one could leave until the President or Deputy President had addressed their problems.

According to the Sunday Time s their demands included paying R4.2 million to each of the 9,000 veterans at a total cost of more than R37 billion.

Police initially arrested 56 people, three of whom were released because they were suspected Staff at the hotel where the meeting took place have been identified.

All 53 arrested veterans have been released on bail.

TimesLIVE reported that one of the 53 accused military veterans has died, after falling out of a coma in various hospitals.

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