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Ronnie Kasrils questions Kebby Maphatsoe’s sincerity

Maphatsoe’s issued an apology to Kasrils and agreed to pay R500,000 in damages in defamation suit.

Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils has questioned the character of uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) chair Kebby Maphatsoe, after reaching a settlement over a defamation suite in the high court in Pretoria.

Maphatsoe was being sued for R1 million for making public statements alleging that Kasrils orchestrated the rape charges against President Jacob Zuma.

The MKMVA head has now issued an apology to Kasrils and agreed to pay R500,000 in damages.

But the former intelligence minister believes the Maphatsoe only apologised because he was afraid of being cross-examined in court.

Kasrils says the matter could have been resolved years ago, if Maphatsoe had just retracted the statements.

"It could have been settled two years ago when I asked for an apology and retraction, nothing more, through a letter from my attorney. That was contemptuously rejected two-years or so later."