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Power outage at Jacques Pauw book launch an act of sabotage?

Pauw and Exclusive Books held a discussion launch on Wednesday but the event had to be stopped shortly after it started due to a mysterious power cut.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Exclusive Books CEO Benjamin Trisk says he isn’t able to say whether Wednesday night’s power cut during the launch of the book The President’s Keepers in Hyde Park was a deliberate attempt at sabotaging the event.

Veteran investigative journalist Jacques Pauw’s book has sparked outrage from various government agencies with the state security threatening legal action if the book was not removed from the shelves.

Pauw and Exclusive Books held a discussion launch on Wednesday but the event had to be stopped shortly after it started due to a mysterious power cut.

In the weeks building up to last night’s book launch, Pauw says he has received messages demanding that he stop.

While Exclusive Books' CEO couldn’t be drawn to share his thoughts on the coincidence of the power cut, he says he is surprised that the mall’s backup generators also failed to kick in.

“And the generators should have taken care of any power outage, so right now I’m a bit flummoxed.”

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.

“Who’s committing these crimes? It’s people acting with complete impunity. Where do they come from? Why has there be no breakthrough in any of these investigations?”

Apart from the power cuts, people who attended the event say they were plagued by data blackouts, a problem that Hyde Park Mall staff say they've never experienced.

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