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Kasrils: Zuma was never fit to be a leader

Ronnie Kasrils says since he knew the president was not fit to be a leader.

The ANC and SACP stalwart Ronnie Kasrils. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Cabinet Minister Ronnie Kasrils says he has been against Jacob Zuma's appointment as president since he first stepped into office.

Kasrils lambasted the country's current leadership and criticized former president Thabo Mbeki at an open-forum discussion at Stellenbosch University today.

The African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party stalwart says since he knew the president was not fit to be a leader.

The ANC stalwart says he saw his lack of character during their time in exile during the apartheid years.

"There's the corruption, he doesn't have a morality, and he's a misogynist."

The Umkhonto we Sizwe co-founder adds he's been against Zuma's appointment as president from the beginning.

"They thought he would be very left wing, I said, and these were the words, 'he is no working class hero'."

Kasrils, a former Intelligence Minister, has declined to comment on the arms deal report that found no corruption and fraud, saying he has not read it yet.