'We won't withdraw anything,' says 'The President's Keeper' publisherJohannesburg — Investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw has distanced himself from sharing and circulating his new book on social media after the State Security Agency SSA demanded the book be withdrawn from stores. I won't do it because I don't believe the book will be banned. NB Publishers had on Friday said they had received the letter from the SSA, demanding that they withdraw the book from stores, as well as retract certain parts of the book. The SSA threatened to go to court to get an interdict preventing NB Publishers from further distributing, printing, publishing or promoting the book should they refuse to withdraw it from book shops. Somebody has obviously bought an e-book and has converted it into PDF. Asked whether he suspected anyone for the piracy of his book, Pauw said: "I don't have time to look for the culprit as I'm on deadline for Sunday Times. The publishers might be doing something about it.
‘The President’s Keepers’ will not be withdrawn from shelves – Publishers
It is about your support that is going to enable us to legally lock horns with SARS, the State Security Agency and whoever else drags us to court. We face the potential of a multitude of legal challenges, both criminal and civil. It has the potential to be massive. We are not intimidated. We are printing even more books.
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But is Zuma the puppet master, or their puppet? If I talk to you I might never see them again. When the auditors arrived, expenditure files were stacked in the boardroom, at the ready for their scrutiny.
That was the message to the State Security Agency on Monday from the publishers and author of The President's Keeper, which makes damning allegations about President Jacob Zuma and key state agencies. The agency is demanding the best-selling book by investigative journalist Jacques Pauw be withdrawn from publication. It has threatened criminal prosecution and to go to court to have the book taken out of circulation. Also on Monday, family members of SSA director-general Arthur Fraser demanded the book be retracted, charging it had "unjustly" accused them of "criminal activity". NB Publishers' lawyer Willem de Klerk told the agency in a letter that either the contents of the book were false or they contravened the Intelligence Service Act, but they could not be both as the SSA claimed.
He said he had received requests from people who had the PDF versions and wanted to pay him for the copies. Instead of accepting payment, Pauw said he would rather readers buy the Kindle version on Amazon or buy a hard-copy version of the book. Erase the PDF and buy a book or the kindle version. You have my blessing. This is not about money. Pauw added he was gearing up for a legal challenge, as the state agencies and law enforcement organisations, which include Sars, South African Security Agency and the police, would seek to remove the book from shelves through a court order.
For more news your way, follow The Citizen on Facebook and Twitter. The Citizen. All rights reserved. South Africa 6. The President's Keepers by Jacques Pauw. Accordingly, our clients will not desist from making the book available to the public, will not withdraw the book from the market, and will not retract anything therein contained.