South Africa will not be silenced by a Gangster State #GangsterState


Penguin Random House is appalled at the behaviour of those who disrupted the launch of Gangster State at Sandton City yesterday evening. They are equally concerned that members of the ANC Youth League have threatened to convene a mass book-burning in Bloemfontein.

These scenes are more reminiscent of Nazi-era Germany than the free society envisaged in our hard-won Constitution. In a democratic South Africa, everybody is free to disagree with a book. But nobody should be free to destroy property and intimidate people.

Whether it is threats to go to court, the disruption of book launches or the burning of books, we will not be silenced.
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Penguin Random House say they welcome the ANC’s statement condemning those who undermine citizens’ freedom to speak, write and publish. We specifically call on the leadership of the ANC, under President Cyril Ramaphosa, to personally ensure that there will be no further disruptions or violence at Gangster State events in the coming days and weeks.

They would like to thank all those engaging critically with the book, and encourage all peace-loving citizens and members of the media to attend future Gangster State events to take the discussion further. The next book launch will be tonight featuring Pieter-Louis Myburgh in conversation with Adriaan Basson will now be held at the Cape Talk (&KFM) studios, Cape Town.

RSVP is essential: Send an email to insiders@dailymaverick.co.za in order to be issued with your ticket. Maximum tickets of 2 per person. Tickets will be issued on a first come/first served basis. You must print out your ticket and bring it with you to the event to gain access (tickets from a Daily Maverick email address will also be acceptable on mobile phones).

Date: Thursday 11 April
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Venue: Cape Talk (&KFM) studios,

Suite 7D, Somerset Square, Highfield Road, Greenpoint.
Directions: It’s above Tafelberg Furnishers, opposite the Gallows Hill traffic department & Victoria Junction Hotel.

Penguin Random House add that they hope that Ace Magashule and his supporters get the message that no amount of intimidation will deter freedom of speech in South Africa.

About the book

Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture (eBook)

In spite of Cyril Ramaphosa’s ‘new dawn’, there are powerful forces in the ruling party that risk losing everything if corruption and state capture finally do come to an end. At the centre of the old guard’s fightback efforts is Ace Magashule, a man viewed by some as South Africa’s most dangerous politician.

In this explosive book, investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh ventures deeper than ever before into Magashule’s murky dealings, from his time as a struggle activist in the 1980s to his powerful rule as premier of the Free State province for nearly a decade, and his rise to one of the ANC’s most influential positions.

Sifting through heaps of records, documents and exclusive source interviews, Myburgh explores Magashule’s relationship with the notorious Gupta family and other tender moguls; investigates government projects costing billions that enriched his friends and family but failed the poor; reveals how he was about to be arrested by the Scorpions before their disbandment in the late 2000s; and exposes the methods used to keep him in power in the Free State and to secure him the post of ANC secretary-general.

Most tellingly, Myburgh pieces together a pack of leaked emails and documents to reveal shocking new details on a massive Free State government contract and Magashule’s dealings with a businessman who was gunned down in Sandton in 2017. These files seem to lay bare the methods of a man who usually operated without leaving a trace.

Gangster State is an unflinching examination of the ANC’s top leadership in the post– Jacob Zuma era, one that should lead readers to a disconcerting conclusion: When it comes to the forces of capture, South Africa is still far from safe.

Buy the book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture (eBook)

Visit www.penguinrandomhouse.co.za.

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