Kasrils, Maphatsoe defamation case to start after delay

Ronnie Kasrils is suing the MKMVA head for claiming he orchestrated the rape case against Jacob Zuma.

FILE: Former Minister Ronnie Kasrils. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

PRETORIA - After a delay in proceedings yesterday, former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils defamation suit against Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) head Kebby Maphatsoe is expected to start this morning.

Kasrils is suing Maphatsoe for R1 million for allegedly publicly claiming he orchestrated the rape case against Jacob Zuma.

The matter is set down to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria.

The MKMVA was granted permission to be added as the second defendant in the matter, together with the group's leader Maphatsoe.

Kasrils accuses Maphatsoe of publicly stating he was an enemy of the revolution, pursued an agenda against MK veterans and caused President Zuma to be falsely accused of rape.

While he defends the comments about Kasrils being a counter-revolutionary, he has denied making the statements about Zuma's rape accuser.

Maphatsoe has asked Kasrils to produce evidence to support the allegation.