Defamation case against Kebby Maphatsoe postponed

Ronnie Kasrils is suing Kebby Maphatsoe for R1 million after allegations he made two years ago.

Former Deputy Defence Minister Ronnie Kasrils. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils' s defamation case has been postponed to tomorrow.

Kasrils is suing the head of the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) Kebby Maphatsoe for R1 million following allegations he made two years ago.

Maphatsoe apparently made remarks that Kasrils gave legal advice to "Khwezi", the young woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of raping her, and accused Kasrils of being a sell-out and an enemy of the revolution for dismissing a number of soldiers of uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK).

The MKMVA head's lawyers launched an application at the High Court in Pretoria this morning to add MK veterans as second defendants in the defamation case.

Initially Kasrils's legal team, headed by Advocate Dali Mpofu, indicated that they would oppose this.

The court adjourned for a short period to allow the legal teams to discuss the matter.

It was agreed that the MK veterans would be added as second defendants and the trial will resume tomorrow.

A confident looking Ronnie Kasrils sat in the front row in the public gallery, he is determined to challenge Maphatsoe's statements saying his reputation has been damaged.