SSA sends Pauw a second letter over book

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw attends the official presentation of his latest book 'The President's Keepers' in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP / Gianluigi Guercia

JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers acting for the State Security Agency (SSA) have sent a second letter to author and investigative journalist Jacques Pauw’s team.

The letter demands the book’s editor cease and desist from distributing it.

Pauw mentioned the letter at a launch for his new book in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, on Wednesday evening.

The launch was cut short when there was an unexpected electricity cut, prompting widespread speculation about the cause.

Pauw discussed high-profile tax evasion, spy units and the gross abuse of state funds, all detailed in his book.

"In the last year and you’ll remember that, there were very mysterious break-ins. Who’s committing these crimes? It’s people acting with complete impunity. Where do they come from? Why has there been no breakthrough with any of these investigations?”

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There was widespread speculation that Pauw’s book would be pulled from the shelves for good after backlash from the SSA.

Lawyers for the agency first sent a warning letter to Pauw and his publishers last Wednesday.

Pauw also claims he has been receiving death threats.

The President's Keepers author said the second letter also deemed the manuscript to be riddled with inaccuracies and charged the book disclosed confidential taxpayer information.

Since the book’s release, over 20,000 physical copies have been sold, with pirated PDF versions of the book doing the rounds online.

A second-run of 15,000 copies were ordered and will be on the shop shelves this week.

Pauw anticipates further backlash and attempts to muzzle his explosive book.


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