National 22.8.2016 01:35 pm

R1m defamation case against Kebby Maphatsoe postponed

Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association chairman Kebby Maphatsoe. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association chairman Kebby Maphatsoe. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Ronnie Kasrils is suing the MKMVA leader for calling him ‘counter-revolutionary’ and and an ‘enemy of the people’ ahead of the 2014 national elections.

The North Gauteng High Court has postponed the R1-million defamation case against deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe after the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) asked the court to join the suit as second defendant.

Timeslive reports that the case was delayed after former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils’ lawyer advocate Dali Mpofu told the court MKMVA applied to join the matter.

Mpofu reportedly objected to the application, but the court sectioned the request by the veterans.

Kasrils is suing the MKMVA leader for calling him “counter-revolutionary” and an “enemy of the people” ahead of the 2014 national elections.

Maphatsoe was upset at Kasrils’ call for ANC supporters to boycott the election or to spoil their votes in protest at the Zuma government.

Maphatsoe made numerous allegations at the time, among them being that Kasrils had “sold out” South Africa’s intelligence to Western imperialists during Kasrils’ time as the minister of intelligence. He said that Kasrils had “never been with us”.

Even the 2006 Zuma rape trial involving a woman known as Khwezi was brought back into the spotlight, as Maphatsoe alleged that Kasrils was involved in an alleged “plot” to besmirch Zuma’s name by somehow luring Zuma into having sex with Khwezi.

He claimed that Kasrils had “sent” Khwezi to Zuma’s Forest Town house. Zuma was ultimately acquitted in court of the rape, though the woman in question has maintained that she did not consent to sex with the then deputy president of the ANC.

The case has been postponed for Tuesday.

 

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