Ronnie Kasrils (Werner Beukes, Sapa)
Johannesburg - The intelligence service has become a tool
for Luthuli House and the president, former intelligence minister Ronnie
Kasrils said on Tuesday.
"They say we messed up in our jobs and we're
responsible for where the country is today," he told reporters at Wits University
"I blew the whistle and I figured out that there
were [intelligence] agents, that there were officers who were not working for
the state but were doing... [work] for Luthuli House."
This was happening more and more now, said Kasrils.
He was responding to ANC secretary general Gwede
Mantashe's comments that the Thabo Mbeki administration had not done its job.
Kasrils and other ANC veterans have been criticised by
the ANC for their "Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote Campaign".
The group said it was not a "no vote" campaign
- they were calling on people to go to the polls on 7 May and not to vote for
Former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge,
who was part of the campaign, said citizens could send a strong message by
either voting for a minority party, which would take away from the dominant
political parties, or people could spoil their ballots.
Kasrils said when he was speaking on a radio station on
Monday, Mantashe called in and said the shooting of mineworkers at Marikana was
an intelligence failure and that Kasrils had messed up when he was minister.
"When I became minister of the intelligence I very
quickly discovered, this was in 2005, the rape case and then the hoax e-mails
which were being written by people within the intelligence service generated as
though it was coming from Phumzile [Mlambo-Ngcuka] the deputy president and
Bulelani her husband and indeed myself and others, designed to show that there
was a conspiracy against Jacob Zuma."
‘They were not
decisions of greed’
Kasrils said he had ordered a review of the country's
intelligence and a report was tabled at the end of his last term in government,
which the current government had not taken forward.
"They don't want to know anything about that report
because they want the intelligence service to be a tool of Luthuli house and of
"That is where on the one hand you get Mantashe
saying we did a terrible job and they going to expose us. Let them. I will
gladly... go out into public court and we can have it out in terms of our
record," he said.
"We never took decisions for our private aims."
Kasrils admitted that he was quiet during Aids denialism
under Mbeki and he apologised for that.
However, there was a difference between the Mbeki
administration and that of former president Nelson Mandela compared to now.
"There were no decisions that they took that were
about their own wealth. They were not decisions of greed," he said.
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