15 January 2008 - Kasrils denies it
Ronnie Kasrils has denied calling for South Africa to re-arm its nukes:
"For the record, I have never said anything of the sort, nor do I believe that our country’s security would be well served in adopting such a flawed position. If anything, recent world events confirm the correctness of SA’s continued principled approach on the necessity for nuclear disarmament."
Hmm. We must take him at his word. But there are still many questions to be answered.
If the SA government backs disarmament, why has South Africa protected Iran at nearly every opportunity? And what about the claims of an Iran-South Africa axis? About South African military equipment being used by Hezbollah?
I'll try to get Venter's book and examine his claims in greater depth.
UPDATE: You know, this seems to happen a lot to Kasrils: he is reported as saying he supports Iran's nuclear program/invited Hamas to South Africa/believes Palestinians should aim their guns at Israelis/thinks SA should build nukes again, and then he denies it. Either the press--the Iranian and Palestinian press as well as the South African press--has it in for him, or he can't help but let his true feelings show now and then.
UPDATE: A J Venter has replied to Kasrils here.