Ex-State Security Agency director-general Arthur Fraser has slapped author Jacques Pauw with a R35 million defamation case. The author and investigative journalist made numerous allegations in his novel, The President's Keepers, against Fraser.
Arthur Fraser has served Jacques Pauw with a summons in the Western Cape High Court, intending to sue both him and his publisher for R35 million.
In Pauw's book, The President's Keepers, Fraser was accused of numerous crimes, including forging signatures, blowing billions in taxpayers' coin and getting his brother deals with the state.
Fraser has slammed these accusations, challenging the 'wrongful, defamatory and false' statements made, adamant that they had been 'propaganda' to blemish his reputation as a civil servant and businessman.
In the summons, Fraser's legal team claims that Pauw had racial bias when writing his book:
“In essence, the book is merely a narrative that seeks to attack certain individuals, including the plaintiff, and to disparage and equate them with corruption and malfeasance. In it, (Pauw’s) friends and those of his preferred race are profiled as paragons of virtue and morality."
Resurgent Risk Managers, a company Fraser used to hold shares in, suffered after the book hit the shelves in 2017:
“As a result of the defamation, the plaintiff’s business partners and clients are reluctant to do business with him, resulting in his company ceasing to trade.”
NB Publishers, who published Pauw's book, has confirmed receiving the summons:
“NB Publishers can confirm that it and author Jacques Pauw have received a summons from former SSA head Arthur Fraser regarding the bestselling 2017 book The President’s Keepers. NB Publishers stands by its author and has retained legal counsel to defend Pauw and the book.”
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