Maphatsoe points to improvements in veterans’ affairs, DA takes opposing view
Figures supplied by Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Kebby Maphatsoe indicate there is an improvement in services for veterans including areas such as healthcare, housing and the use of public transport. He told the National Assembly during the defence budget vote it was important to provide access to healthcare for the country’s military veterans because the majority of them were now “in their middle age or elderly and infirm”. In the 2014/15 financial year access to various medical facilities was provided for 13 923 military veterans and in 2015/16 this increased by 743 Maphatsoe said adding the health and wellness support sector of the military veterans budget has been allocated for R50 million for the current financial year. He told MPs housing was a challenge for the Department of Military Veterans because “we established the DMV cannot build houses itself, but must co-operate with other departments and other spheres of government to attain this task. We are happy and welcome that the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, has made a commitment and set targets the DMV accepts”. The allocation for housing in the DMV budget is R138 million.