SOUTH AFRICAN DEPUTY DEFENCE MINISTER APOLOGIZES

South African Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kebby Maphatsoe has unreservedly apologized to the country’s former Intelligence Minister, Ronnie Kasrils, for calling him a “traitor”, “counter revolutionary” and an “enemy of the people”.

Maphatsoe has also retracted statements he made alleging that Kasrils, who served in the Cabinet of former president Thabo Mbeki, was behind a conspiracy to discredit President Jacob Zuma by fabricating the rape case against him.

This came after Maphatsoe and the MK Military Veterans Association Tuesday settled a libel suit which Kasrils had brought against them, by agreement, in the Pretoria High Court.

Kasrils initially sued Maphatsoe and the MK Military Veterans Association for 1.0 million Rand (about 74,200 US dollars) for defamation.

After Kasrils testified, Maphatsoe’s legal team indicated they wanted to discuss the matter and they later agreed on a settlement which was made a court order.

Kasrils will be paid 500,000 Rand and Maphatsoe and the MK Military Veterans Association will also pay his legal costs.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK