MKMVA defends Niehaus

Staff Writer | Jun 30, 2019
UMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) president Kebby Maphatsoe says its spokesperson Carl Niehaus has been receiving death threats on social media.

One Jacob Neethling, apparently tweeted: “Jou f**kin veraaier. Ek moes jou vrek geskiet het in Angola!!! Jou dag is naby!!!!!!” (“You f***ing traitor. I should have shot you dead in Angola. Your time is coming”.)

Maphatsoe said that this could not be construed as anything else but a very serious threat. 

He said Niehaus received the threats on Wednesday night (26 June). The MKMVA said Neethling held “extreme racist views”, which it said drove him to also share offensive views about ambassador Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane “in the most vulgar racist and sexist terms”. 

Niehaus said “I have been receiving abuse for months, but when people start to make real threats I cannot let it go. I have been advised to take action, and I will go to the police to state my case.”  

There was also a vocal and alleged racist grouping who wanted to demonise Niehaus, the MKMVA said. 

The MKMVA said it had advised Niehaus to open a case of attempted murder and incitement to cause serious bodily harm. Niehaus was expected to open the case at the Sandton Police Station on Thursday afternoon (27 June) between 3pm and 4pm. 

“It is very disturbing that these abusive messages also do not shy away from attacking his children. The National Office Bearers of MKMVA are of the opinion that this situation is intolerable and cannot be allowed to continue,” said Maphatsoe.


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