On Thursday two ministers and Deputy Defence Minister were held hostage at the St George’s Hotel in Irene in Pretoria.

Defence Minister Thandi Modise. (Photo by Gallo Images/Jeffrey Abrahams)

The African National Congress (ANC) national spokesperson Pule Mabe may be quick to suggest the dramatic scenes that saw liberation movement veterans hold two ministers and a deputy minister hostage on Thursday was “not a crisis”, but it does have far-reaching consequences and raises many concerns. On Thursday evening, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Defence Minister Thandi Modise and Deputy Defence Minister Thabang Makwetla were held hostage at the St George’s Hotel in Irene, Pretoria, by a group of disgruntled military veterans. They were eventually rescued at 2am by the Special Task Force but there were reports of injuries...