'Gordhan should’ve given the Hawks a statement'

MKMVA head Kebby Maphatsoe says he stands by his comments on the Pravin Gordhan-Hawks matter.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) head Kebby Maphatsoe says he stands by his comments that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan should have given a warning statement to the Hawks, despite African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe's order that no party organs discuss the issue in public.

He also says he does have credibility in the public debate despite that fact that last week he was forced to admit in court that he had lied, when he claimed that former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils had given instructions to the woman who accused now President Jacob Zuma of rape.

Maphatsoe also agreed to pay Kasrils R500,000 as part of that settlement.

Yesterday, Mantashe criticised Maphatsoe's organisation.

"For them MKMVA, which in any case shouldn't have spoken on the matter, to choose Des [Van Rooyen] to speak on the matter was a terrible choice."

But Maphatsoe says Van Rooyen has every right to speak on this issue.

"He is the treasure general of the MKMVA and he cannot be censored not to speak the view of the MKMVA."

But he won't speak about why he admitted in court to lying.

"About Ronnie Kasrils, I think my lawyers have spoken in court so I'm not going to make any comment about it further."

Maphatsoe says people who doubt his credibility should speak to the ANC.