Yesterday, following the deal brokered between Umkhonto weSizwe head and deputy minister of defence Kebby Maphatsoe and former minister of intelligence Ronnie Kasrils, EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted that it was perhaps time for him to also get in on the action.
It’s likely the tweet was a joke, as it’s unclear when Maphatsoe made the allegation, if at all.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) August 23, 2016
What he was referring to was the fact that Kasrils had been suing Maphatsoe for defamation after the veteran accused him in 2014 of, among other things, being behind a plot to smear President Jacob Zuma by getting “Khwezi” to lay rape charges against him.
Maphatsoe called Kasrils “counter-revolutionary” and an agent of the West. Kasrils said the allegations had cost him his reputation and income, and sued him for R1 million.
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The matter was settled outside the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday after Maphatsoe and the MKMVA offered Kasrils a written apology and withdrew all his statements. They settled on a compensation figure of R500 000, which Kasrils said he would give to Khwezi after her life was ruined following the unsuccessful prosecution of trial of Zuma.
Kasrils, in a gesture of “magnanimity”, tried to get Maphatsoe to apologise in the flesh in full view of the media, while smiling and saying that he was happy to move on in the spirit of reconciliation.
Maphatsoe merely smiled nervously and tried to beat a hasty retreat. He refused to apologise in person.
The case had been argued on behalf of Kasrils by Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is also the EFF’s national chairperson.
In what was a busy year of shooting his mouth, in 2014 Maphatsoe also accused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of being a CIA spy. No proof was ever offered and the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu took on Maphatsoe in parliament after the latter tried to deny reports that he was accusing Madonsela of being an enemy agent.
The DA’s David Maynier also told Maphatose: “You are an idiot!” and refused to withdraw the comment “because he is an idiot”, he added.
Maphatsoe was made to apologise by the ANC for his Madonsela allegation, and he claimed he had been misunderstood.
It’s unclear when Maphatsoe supposedly also accused Malema of being a US spy, but a so-called intelligence report was doing the rounds at the time that suggested numerous political figures, including labour leaders Zwelinzima Vavi and Joseph Mathunjwa, as well as Malema and former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, were involved in some sort of plot funded by the US to bring regime change in South Africa.