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Court hears about the day Kasrils received a call from Zuma’s rape accuser

Ronnie Kasrils is testifying in his R1 million defamation suit against MKMVA head Kebby Maphatsoe in court.

FILE: Ronnie Kasrils. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils has recalled the day he received a phone call from a woman claiming she had been raped by President Jacob Zuma.

Kasrils is testifying in his R1 million defamation suit against uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) head Kebby Maphatsoe in the Pretoria High Court.

Maphatsoe allegedly accused Kasrils of playing a role in orchestrating that Zuma be accused of rape.

The former intelligence minister says he remembers the exact date and time that the woman known as Khwezi called him and said Zuma had raped her.

He says the call came at a time when there was a growing narrative of a political conspiracy against Zuma by then president Thabo Mbeki.

Kasrils says he ensured that Khwezi was being helped and that the matter was being reported, and played no further role in the case.

He says being intelligence minister in Mbeki's cabinet, fuelled theories of his involvement on a conspiracy against Mbeki, but denies this was ever the case.

Kasrils says his reputation was significantly tarnished when the MKMVA head reignited this speculation two years ago.

KASRILS DESCRIBES MAPHATSOE AS 'POLITICALLY ILLITERATE'

At the same time, Kasrils has described Maphatsoe as politically illiterate, for comments he made about him two years ago.

The MKMVA chairman allegedly called Kasrils a "counter revolutionary".

The former intelligence minister and ANC struggle stalwart says he and about 20 comrades embarked on a "vote no" campaign in 2014, to record their displeasure at the direction the African National Congress was taking.

Maphatsoe accused Kasrils of being an enemy of the revolution and attempting to sell intelligence to imperialists.

His defence for making the comments is that encouraging people not to vote, was against the values of the Constitution and democracy.

Kasrils told the court that this demonstrated how politically illiterate Maphatsoe is.

He says being labelled a counter revolutionary has caused him to be despised within the tripartite alliance.

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