Trade union Solidarity has launched an urgent application in the High Court in Pretoria that seeks to end an alleged secret project by the South African Police Service (SAPS) that benefits former members of the ANC’s armed wing, Mkhonto weSizwe, through reranking and promotions. According to the trade union, military veterans who were freedom fighters for Mkhonto weSizwe and the PAC’s Azanian People’s Liberation Army, known as the Non-Statutory Forces (NSF), are entitled to pensions, reranking and promotions and other benefits that have not been extended to other former South African Defence Force members who are now working in the SAPS. The union claims that these benefits were discussed in "secret meetings" called by provincial commissioners and former SAPS minister Fikile Mbalula in 2017. Solidarity is representing 5,115 members who previously served in the South African Army and the South African National Defence Force. Head of Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices Anton...

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