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Exclusive Books launches investigation into power outage at Pauw's book launch

Hundreds of people gathered at Hyde Park Mall but Exclusive Books decided to call off the launch shortly after it began due to a power outage.

Author Jacques Pauw at the launch of his book 'The President's Keepers'. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Exclusive Books has launched an investigation into Wednesday night's power cut during the launch of Jacques Pauw's book The President's Keepers Hyde Park shopping centre.

Hundreds of people gathered at Hyde Park Mall but Exclusive Books decided to call off the launch shortly after it began due to a power outage.

Since its release, the book has been heavily criticised in certain government circles with the State Security Agency threatening to take legal action if Pauw didn’t remove it from the shelves.

In a statement released on Thursday, Exclusive Books says it could not conclude whether the power cut was due to technical failure or whether it was a deliberate attempt to silence Pauw.

At the time of the power cut, Pauw was sharing what he found out concerning the recent break-ins at the offices of the chief justice and the National Prosecuting Authority.

Exclusive books CEO Benjamin Trisk said on Wednesday night that he was surprised that the mall's backup generators also failed to kick in.

“We didn’t think of power outage, to be honest with you. There have always been generators here, very powerful generators and the generators should have taken care of any power outage.”

City Power says it is meeting the shopping centre's management on Thursday and would be ready to issue a statement on the matter later.

WATCH: In the dark: 'The President's Keepers' launch hit by power outage