Maphatsoe's woes continue

Ronnie Kasrils wants Maphatsoe to apologise for claiming he convinced a woman to claim Jacob Zuma raped her.

Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association chairman Kebby Maphatsoe. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils is now also demanding an apology from Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kebby Maphatsoe for claiming he convinced a young woman to claim President Jacob Zuma raped her.

During Zuma's rape trial in 2006, Kasrils said he believed he was the victim of a political plot.

Kasrils says although Maphatsoe levelled the accusations against him in April, he still has not received an apology or proof to back up the accusations.

"I can't leave it unchallenged and I want to state publicly that I reject that statement and I'm challenging him to bring forth the evidence he claims he has."

Yesterday, legal academic professor Shadrack Gutto said Maphatsoe's claim that he should leave the country because he was not born in South Africa is merely aimed at trying to stop him from analysing local events.

Gutto has been critical of Zuma over the Nkandla issue and the way the ANC has treated the public protector.

He was born in Kenya but has South African citizenship.

Gutto said he's now investigating what steps he can take.

The Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association chair came under fire last week after accusing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of being a CIA spy deployed to destabilise the African National Congress and ultimately the country.