Kasrils explains decision to sue Maphatsoe

Ronnie Kasrils says Kebby Maphatsoe went too far in questioning the integrity of Jacob Zuma's rape accuser.

Former Deputy Defence Minister Ronnie Kasrils. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

PRETORIA - Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils says the reason he sued MK Military Veterans Association head Kebby Maphatsoe and no other politicians who made false remarks is because he went too far and insulted the woman who accused president Jacob Zuma of rape.

The parties reached a settlement in the High Court in Pretoria yesterday which saw Maphatswe apologise to Kasrils and agreeing to pay him R500,000 as well as covering his legal costs.

In 2014, the MKMVA boss called the former minister a counter-revolutionary and accused him of setting up the rape allegations against Zuma.

Kasrils says Maphatsoe simply went too far in questioning the integrity of the woman known as Khwezi.

"A young woman who's life has been devastated by the circumstances of that trial of Jacob Zuma."

Kasrils says he won't be keeping the settlement award.

"The money is going into a trust fund for the woman you know as Khwezi to help her with her education and to help her ailing mother."

As part of the ruling, Maphatsoe has apologised to all women for his comments about Khwezi.