He was Minister for Terre rebelle PDF Services from 27 April 2004 to 25 September 2008. Kasrils’ grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Latvia and Lithuania who fled from Czarist pogroms at the end of the 19th century.
Rien ne semble rapprocher, au départ, un émigré italien, venu de Toscane et un garçon natif de la Côte d’Azur, et pourtant ! Plongés tous deux dans la tourmente de l’atroce guerre de 1914-1918, ils vont voir leur destin se croiser dans ce roman historique.
Kasrils also served on the ANC’s Politico-Military Council from 1985 to 1989 and worked underground for the ANC in South Africa during Operation Vula from 1990 to 1991. He went on to head the ANC’s campaign section from 1991 to 1994. On 7 September 1992, about 80,000 protesters from the ANC gathered outside Bisho in the Bantustan of Ciskei in South Africa to demand the resignation of Ciskei leader Oupa Gqozo and the reincorporation of Ciskei into South Africa. The Goldstone Commission was tasked with investigating the massacre.
The Commission noted there was no evidence to suggest the demonstrators had fired shots, as suggested by Gqozo and condemned the Ciskei leader for banning the protest. The Commission criticised Kasrils for leading marchers to try to enter Bisho. He was appointed as Deputy Minister of Defence on 24 June 1994, a post which he held until 16 June 1999. Following the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki in September 2008, Kasrils was among those members of the Cabinet who submitted their resignations on 23 September.
Kasrils is known for his strong criticisms of the government of Israel and for his sympathies towards Palestinian political struggles. In a two-part essay « David and Goliath: Who is Who in the Middle East » published in the ANC’s theoretical journal Umrabulo in late 2006 and early 2007, Kasrils outlined a history of Israel-Palestine since 1948 very critical of Israeli governments and military actions. In May 2007, during a visit to the Palestinian Territories, Kasrils met with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and invited him to make his first visit outside the Muslim world to South Africa. Ronnie Kasrils at the book launch of A Simple Man in Cape Town in 2017. The book is highly critical of Jacob Zuma. Kasrils has been strongly critical of the ANC under Jacob Zuma.
He is also a noted critic of what he has called the « descent into police state depravity ». His autobiography, Armed and Dangerous, was first published in 1993 and updated and re-published in 1998 and 2004. Kasrils published book in 2017 on his experience of working with South African President Jacob Zuma called A Simple Man. Kasrils’ second wife Eleanor Kasrils, also a prominent anti-apartheid activist, died in 2009, after 45 years of marriage. On 2 February 2012 he married journalist Amina Frense at the Wynberg Home Affairs office, in Cape Town. Biography: Ronnie Kasrils Archived 31 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine Ministry of Intelligence Services. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013.