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Gordhan: More Jacques Pauws needed to expose corruption

Gordhan congratulated Pauw on his book 'The President’s Keepers', which reveals allegations against President Jacob Zuma relating to corruption and irregularities with his tax affairs.

FILE: Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan during an interview with EWN on 31 July, 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says that South Africa needs more Jacques Pauws to expose the truth and force the corrupt minority out of office.

Gordhan congratulated Pauw on his book The President’s Keepers which reveals allegations against President Jacob Zuma relating to corruption and irregularities with his tax affairs.

The former minister, who was at the launch on Thursday night, says that while he hadn’t finished the book, Pauw had done a good job.

“And it’s not my job to say whether those facts are verifiable or not. Read the book for what it is, read many more books, read contrary views if you want to.

“But at the end of the day, all of us know that the truth will prevail. And Jacques Pauw, once again, congratulations.”

Pauw says he’s meeting his legal team on Friday to prepare for any eventuality following confirmation of a Hawks investigation related to his book The President’s Keepers.

The State Security Agency confirmed on Thursday that an investigation is underway into the possible leaking of classified information in the book.

It contains serious allegations against South African Revenue Service (Sars) and claims that Zuma is a tax evader.

The second leg of the launch of Pauw’s book went ahead without incident on Thursday night in Pretoria.

Pauw says that no charge has been laid against him despite State Security Agency stating the contrary.

“Despite what the State Security Agency said that they laid a charge against me, the Hawks said, 'no it’s not a charge, it’s only a complaint'.”

He says that a move to charge him under the Intelligence Services Act will just prove the book's contents to be true.

Pauw laughed off the SSA’s threats to charge him, saying that they were idiocy.

Meanwhile, the State Security Agency says it’s still exploring its options over whether to proceed with a court interdict to take Pauw’s book off the shelves.

The agency has opened criminal cases against the author and the book's publisher.

The Hawks are investigating a possible leak of classified information but no one has been charged at this stage.

The State Security Agency’s Brian Dube says: "The agency is considering a number of legal options available to it, so that will be determined as time goes."

Speaking at the launch of the book at a Pretoria mall on Thursday, former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan lauded Pauw, saying that South Africa needs more people like him to help tackle corruption.

WATCH: Pauw: Who is more corrupt - ANC or apartheid govt?

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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