- Yesterday the Free State branch of the ANCYL announced plans that they intend to burn copies of Gangster State
-The ANC has stepped in, extinguishing their plans and leaving them with a massive pile of books they hate but can't destroy
- Ace Magashule himself has come out to condemn the proposed action, saying it violates freedom of speech in South Africa
The ANC Youth League in the Free State has had their fiery plans to destroy copies of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book exposing Ace Magashule extinguished.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the group had been hell-bent on burning the books in protest of the lies they felt it contained.
According to The Citizen, ANC leadership has stepped in to intervene, with a firm statement condemning the act and disassociating themselves from it completely.
The statement made it clear that the ruling party deemed the action in a 'very serious light', explaining that it undermines freedom of speech, whether they agree with the contents or not.
The party pleaded that all its structures should observe and adhere to the constitution and respect the authors right to release the novel.
Even Ace Magashule, Secretry-General of the ANC, responded to the situation, saying that:
“Those purporting to be ANC members and supporters disrupting book launches, burn books and intimidate authors and journalists in my name or to be revolutionary should desist, because these are actions of political intolerance, and against freedom of expression for all South Africans.”
Sello Pieterson, spokesperson for the ANCYL branch, has confirmed that they now have a 'garage full' of the controversial books and would be having a meeting with the ANC to find out what they are to do with them.
Pieterson admitted that they would not be burning them, as they could not go against their own party. The spokesman said that he had indeed read the 'rubbish' book, deeming that it had been a waste of his time.
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