Politicians must recognise SA no longer in armed struggle - Kasrils

Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils has called on politicians to mature with SA's democracy.

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PRETORIA - Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils has urged politicians to mature with South Africa's democracy.

He says they should stop calling each other inflammatory names and accusing people of being foreign agents.

Kasrils made the comments at the High Court in Pretoria yesterday, after reaching a R500,000 settlement in the defamation suit he brought against MKMVA head Kebby Maphatsoe.

In 2014, Maphatsoe called the former minister a counter-revolutionary and accused him of orchestrating a plot to implicate President Jacob Zuma of rape.

Kasrils says politicians must recognise that South Africa is no longer in an era of armed struggle.

"The country has seen too much of the name calling, including people being called agents of the CIA, foreign powers, counter-revolutionaries and the like."

Kasrils hopes Maphatsoe has learnt something from this experience.

"I hope he will make a genuine change in terms of his style of leadership and this applies to the MKMVA."

Maphatsoe has retracted his comments, conceding that they were false and offensive.