- Ace Magashule says burning Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book makes the author out to be "special"
- He urged supporters to refrain from destroying copies of the book
- Magashule also said that destruction of books undermined freedom of expression
ANC secretary-general, Ace Magashule, says Gangster State author, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, doesn't deserve the attention he's getting.
This comes after the author's Sandton City book launch was disrupted and plans were circulated to burn copes of his book this week.
Magashule condemned the chaos at the launch, as well as the burning of the books, saying it only gave Myburgh more attention.
Myburgh's book has grabbed attention in recent weeks for the extensive allegations of corruption it levels against Magashule. According to the book, Magashule took cuts of many tenders awarded while he was Free State premier, among other offences.
Magashule, however, denies the claims in the book and says he may take legal action against Myburgh.
Nevertheless, Magashule condemned the destruction of the book, saying in a public statement that it went against constitutional values like freedom of speech, according to Eyewitness News.
Additionally, at an event on Wednesday commemorating Chris Hani, Magashule urged protesters to refrain from burning the book. He said burning the book made the author "special", Briefly.co.za has learned.
Similarly, the ANC has also distanced itself from the disruption of the book launch, saying that the protesters had not acted on behalf of the party.
Myburgh, however, seems unfazed by the book burning. He joked on social media, for example, that protesters would not be able to burn the PDF versions of the book.
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