MKMVA says that Jacob Zuma's spy claims are "irresponsible outbursts"

MKMVA says that Jacob Zuma's spy claims are "irresponsible outbursts"

- The MKVMA has slammed Jacob Zuma's allegations that Siphiwe Nyanda and Ngoako Ramatlhodi were spies

- The organisation said that Zuma is lying

- The also say that the former president is making these claims in an attempt to save his own skin

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The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) national council has slammed Jacob Zuma for alleging that some of its members are spies.

They have called on the former president to tell the truth about these members.

"We view Zuma's allegations as irresponsible outbursts," the council said in a public statement.

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This comes after Zuma told the Zondo Commission that he believed that former ministers Siphiwe Nyanda and Ngoako Ramatlhodi had collaborated with foreign intelligence agencies to spy on the ANC, has gathered.

Nyanda and Ramatlhodi have dismissed these claims, however. 

MKVMA council secretary-general Gregory Nthatisi defended Nyanda as well, saying, "We stand by our colleagues." This appeared to be in reference to Nyanda, who is the national chairperson of the MKVMA.

The MKVMA council was scathing in its critique of Zuma's spy claims. They say that Zuma has a "worrying inclination to lie to save his own skin", according to Eyewitness News, and that falsehoods are the former president's "trademark".

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They also say that Zuma's lies are not new, but are rather part of a "behavioural pattern" which they say goes back as far as 2005, at least. 

Zuma's testimony is set to continue throughout the week.

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