Johannesburg - The trial in which former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils is claiming R1 million in damages from Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe stood down on Monday and will now only proceed on Tuesday.
It is not yet sure whether Kasrils or Maphatsoe will first take the stand, as the parties will on Tuesday have to argue as to who will kick off the proceedings.
Umkhonto we Sizwe Veterans Association (MKVA) was on Sunday joined in the proceedings as the second defendant. This step followed after the proceedings stood down for some time, for the parties to come to an agreement in this regard.
Counsel for Maphatsoe told the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, that the MKVA needed to be joined for practical reasons. It was explained that for in case the court ruled in favour of Kasrils, the MKVA will have to pay-up, as Maphatsoe is the national chairperson of the Veterans Association.
Kasrils, among others, said he was defamed as Maphatsoe called him a counter-revolutionary and an enemy of the people.