Lekota: Hostage could have been prevented

2021-Oct-19   07:14

Lekota: Hostage could have been prevented
Congress of the people (Cope) president, Mosiuoa Lekota, says Thursday night’s hostage at St Georges Hotel in Irene, Pretoria, could have been avoided if government had listened to the liberation military veterans’ concerns.
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Congress of the people (Cope) president, Mosiuoa Lekota, says Thursday night’s hostage at St Georges Hotel in Irene, Pretoria, could have been avoided if government had listened to the liberation military veterans’ concerns.

Defence Minister, Thandi Modise, her deputy Thabang Makwetla, and Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, were held hostage by members of former liberation party military wings.

Speaking during a campaign trail in Kliptown in Soweto on Friday, Lekota said leaders listen to and give answers to the people.

“Leaders must be available to talk to the people to explain to them why they are not able to do the things they want. When the budget is out, we must be able to call the people and say your budget is out and there's so much money that we have this year and this is what we will be able to do, please give us a chance,” he said.

Lekota said that anarchy is not the way to go.

“Anarchy makes the situation worse than what it is. Ee don’t want disruptions of that nature, that’s why I’m saying we must go to the people quickly,” he added.

More than 56 military veterans were arrested by South African Police Service's special forces.

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