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Maphatsoe’s R500k apology to Kasrils over ‘false, offensive’ Khwezi statement

The parties have now reached a settlement after Kasrils testified in the R1 million defamation suit.

Head of the African National Congress' (ANC) military veterans league Kebby Maphatsoe. Picture: dmv.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association head Kebby Maphatsoe has conceded that his statements about former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils were false, offensive and unacceptable.

The parties have now reached a settlement after Kasrils testified in the R1 million defamation suit he had filed in the High Court in Pretoria.

In 2014, the MKMVA head accused the former minister of being a counter-revolutionary and orchestrating a conspiracy against President Jacob Zuma.

In this settlement, Maphatsoe retracts his statements about Kasrils and irrevocably and unconditionally apologises for making them.

He further retracts and apologises for any other offensive statements he may have made at the original press conference.

Maphatsoe and the MKMVA have also apologised to all women in the country who may have been offended by the comments about President Zuma's rape accuser, Khwezi.

Kasrils was awarded R500,000 in damages, and his legal costs will also be covered.



The former minister announced that he will be donating the money to Khwezi to help her with her studies.