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protestANA reports that several police officers rushed to the scene on Monday as hundreds of angry ex-combatants gathered outside the department of military veterans (DMV) in Hatfield, Pretoria, threatening violence unless they received benefits from the government.  

“I am here to demand my pension.  hey have taken away the SRD (the Social Relief of Distress which is provided to military veterans who are destitute) from us.  They are giving us nothing since November last year.  We do not work.  Now we have nothing to live on.  I am 70 years old now.  My children are old,” said an agitated former corporal Willie Meyer.  According to Meyer, the military veterans had been promised R4,500 a month pension.  Another veteran, Ronnie Theyser, indicated:  “They have said that when they stopped the SRD, the pension will automatically kick in.  At the moment, none of us receives any SRD – we only get messages saying the department of social development will come visit us.”  The attorney for the disgruntled military veterans, Andries Nkome, told journalists at the protest that his clients have been sent from pillar to post.  He added that the military veterans were in Pretoria peacefully, with no intention of causing any disruption.  The DMV’s spokesperson Mbulelo Musi was not readily available for comment.

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