ANC distances itself from chaos at 'Gangster State' book launch

ANC distances itself from chaos at 'Gangster State' book launch

- The ANC has condemned the disruption of the launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's new book

- At the launch, several ANC supporters caused chaos and destroyed copies of the book

- The ruling party says these protesters were not acting on the ANC's behalf

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The ANC has distanced itself from the disruption of the Sandton City launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book, Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture.

The event saw several ANC supporters tearing up copies of the book.

Today, the ANC released a statement in which they criticised the disruption of the launch, as well the ANC Youth League's call for for a mass book burning.

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Myburgh's book has made headlines in recent weeks with its allegations that current ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, was involved in extensive corruption while he served as Free State premier. 

The ANC initially defended Magashule from these accusations, but then retracted their support of him. The ruling party said that Magashule would have to deal with the allegations on his own.

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Following the destruction at the book launch, the ANC said that the protesters did not act on behalf of the ANC or Magashule. This comes after several of those destroying books were seen wearing ANC T-shirts.

Additionally, the ruling party said that the destruction of books was an assault on freedom of speech and that it undermined constitutional values, according to IOL.

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However, following the protest, no arrests were made. The book store remains closed as staff clear up the scene left behind by the protesters, has gathered.

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