Kasrils' case against Maphatsoe to be heard on Tuesday

2016-08-22 13:12
Ronnie Kasrils at the High Court in Pretoria. (Ahmed Areff, News24)

Ronnie Kasrils at the High Court in Pretoria. (Ahmed Areff, News24)

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Pretoria - The defamation lawsuit by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils against Kebby Maphatsoe was adjourned in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday to allow Maphatsoe's organisation, the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) to join the matter. 

The trail was stood down until Tuesday morning so that MKMVA could join the case as the second defendant.  

Mashudu Ashley Tshivhase, for Maphatsoe, told the court that he would also act for the MKMVA. The organisation then would be responsible for any costs.  

Dali Mpofu, for Kasrils, told the court that they did not agree that MKMVA had a right to join the matter and that their application is "fatally flawed". However, both agreed later for the MKMVA to join. 

Kasrils is suing Maphatsoe for R1 million.

Central to the case is the rape trial of President Jacob Zuma. At the time, charges were laid against Zuma by the HIV-positive daughter of a family friend, who was called "Khwezi". Maphatsoe and other ANC officials maintained that Zuma was a victim of a "honey trap" - that the woman was sent to seduce Zuma.

Zuma was acquitted, and he also maintained afterwards that he was the victim of a plot. 

Maphatsoe maintained that the plot had been hatched within the intelligence ministry and that then minister Kasrils had “"handpicked the woman who alleged Jacob Zuma had raped her". 

In 2014, before the national elections, Kasrils and former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge spearheaded a campaign called "Sidikiwe! Vukani Vote No!", which urged South Africans to vote for a minority party, or spoil their ballots. 

Maphatsoe spoke out against the campaign and said the plot against Zuma had come from the intelligence ministry, and that Kasrils, who was intelligence minister at that time, “handpicked the woman who alleged Zuma had raped her”.

He also claimed that Kasrils had “sold out to foreign agencies” and was hostile to Umkhonto we Sizwe operatives who had been dismissed from service.

Kasrils subsequently demanded an apology and started the defamation proceedings. 

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