Police summon Pauw and Myburg
Written by Keshia Jansen on December 8, 2017
Investigative journalists and authors Jacques Pauw and Pieter-Louis Myburgh have been summoned by police.
Both journalists have published books about alleged corrupt relationships involving President Jacob Zuma.
Pauw’s book, The President’s Keeper, claims that among others, President Jacob Zuma had received R1 million on a monthly basis from Roy Moodley in 2009.
Myburgh published the book The Republic of Gupta.
According to News24, the journalists’ lawyer received a letter on Thursday stating that they had been uncooperative with police.
“The tone of your letter is indicative that you have no intention to cooperate with the police. In your previous emails to our office you promised [to] tender your full cooperation to the police,” the letter stated.
However, the letter did not state what the purpose of the meeting was.
National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo initially told News24 that no case had been opened against the two, but declined to discuss the matter on Wednesday due to its “sensitive nature.”
Pauw’s book sparked controversy in October as the South African Revenue Service (SARS) threatened to take legal action for the “disclosure of taxpayer information.”
Despite government agencies urges to have the book withdrawn, Exclusive Books maintained that it would not do so.
Instead, Exclusive books stated that the matter should be handled in court because it contained no hate speech or harmful explicit content that would warrant a withdrawal of the book from its shelves.