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Modise said there was no intention of dropping the charges despite the veterans being among those who fought for the country’s liberation.

Defence Minister Thandi Modise. Picture: Gallo Images/Beeld/Deaan Vivier

While a group of military veterans were outside the Pretoria Central police station on Friday in the hopes their 56 colleagues arrested for holding Cabinet ministers hostage on Thursday would be released, Defence Minister Thandi Modise was adamant that charges would not be dropped. A meeting between the military veterans and Modise, her deputy Thabang Makwetla and Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele turned into a three-hour hostage situation at St George’s Hotel in Irene. While the meeting was intended to address the veterans’ longstanding issues, such as housing, grants and healthcare, and for Modise and her team to give...