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Hi, the following are all South African Department of Military Veterans medals awarded only to uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) veterans.

Can anyone tell me what they are and for what the are awarded.







With many thanks, Marcon1.


PS: Are there also other medals from this Department ??

I know of these 3.




Military Veterans Decoration in Platinum .

  • Class 1Highest Order with two Elephant tusks. 
  • Class 2Order with one Elephant Tusk.
  • Class 3 - Order with no Elephant tusks. The lowest order.


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Ist one is the Luthuli Detachment Medal awarded to veterans of uMkhonto weSizwe's Luthuli Detachment, which fought in Rhodesia in the 1960s. (half red, half blue ribbon with black/green/yellow central stripe). Instituted in 2012.

The third one is the Liberation Medal, also awarded to veterans of uMkhonto weSizewe, and instituted in 2012.

Fourth is the Hector Pietersen Medal, again for uMkhonoto weSizewe veterans and instituted in 2012.

The final 3 are the Military Veterans' Decoration in Platinum, awarded in 3 grades: Class 1 for Mandela and other founders of uMkhonto weSizewe in 1961, Class 2 for members of the high command structure 1961-1990, and Class 3 for members of regional structures 1961-1990.

Cannot help with the rest, sorry.




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