Suspects Who Held Ministers Hostage Due in Court

Written by on 18 October, 2021

By: Staff Writer

The 56 people arrested for allegedly holding two ministers and a deputy minister hostage are expected to appear in court today.

Defence Minister Thandi Modise, her deputy Thabang Makwetla and minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, were taken hostage at the George’s Hotel in Pretoria on Thursday last week.

The hostage drama unfolded during a meeting with the liberation struggle war veterans, a formation of members of various armed groups who fought during apartheid.

The group has demanded a pay-out of over R4 million per member as well as a housing allowance, medical aid, and education bursaries for their children.

Meanwhile, the Defend our Democracy Campaign has condemned the hostage drama, however, questions whether this incident was about military veterans’ pay-outs, or if it was done to cast doubt on the ability of the state.


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