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Kasrils demands apology from Maphatsoe

Ronnie Kasrils has accused Kebby Maphatsoe of lying to the public to prove his loyalty to Jacob Zuma.

Ronnie Kasrils has accused Kebby Maphatsoe of lying to the public to prove his loyalty to Jacob Zuma. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils has accused deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe of lying to the public to prove his loyalty to President Jacob Zuma.

He's demanding an apology from Maphatsoe for claiming he convinced a young woman to accuse Zuma of raping her.

Zuma claimed during his rape trial in 2006 he was the victim of a political plot.

Kasrils says this is only one government official making wild statements.

"This is so sinister, it's so sick. It undermines the values that we fought for in our liberation struggle and it's a great threat to our democracy."

Last week, Maphatsoe retracted his statement claiming Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spy after pressure mounted for him to apologise.

Maphatsoe was addressing hundreds of people at the unveiling of a tombstone for former Umkhonto we Sizwe combatant Linda Jabane in Soweto.

Meanwhile, Madonsela said some of her family members fear for their safety after she was accused of being a spy for the US government.

Madonsela said the deputy minister's statements could be taken seriously by some members of the public.

(Edited Leeto M Khoza)

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