Maharaj slams Nyanda spy claims

ANC stalwart and former presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj is dismissing claims that former SANDF chief Siphiwe Nyanda was an apartheid spy.

JOHANNESBURG - Former presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj has slammed spy claims against the former SANDF chief Siphiwe Nyanda.

He's described the comments by former president Jacob Zuma as reckless.

READ: Zuma is a bitter man: Nyanda

At the state capture inquiry, Zuma alleged Nyanda took instructions from the apartheid police.

"The fact that the so-called revelations are made now... they are made in the contest of a person defending themselves," said Maharaj.

READ: Zuma drops names, makes huge claims at state capture inquiry

Maharaj says the spy accusations against Derek Hanekom and Ngoako Ramatlhodi are just a smokescreen for Zuma.

Hanekom said the claim has caused damage to his reputation and would continue to so if unchallenged.

READ: Derek Hanekom sues Zuma over spy claims

Maharaj defended the struggle credentials of both Hanekom and Ramatlhodi.

They were both accused by Zuma of being apartheid spies.


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