Ramaphosa on Pauw’s book: I've learned you should never muzzle media

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that while he's reading the book, he is hesitant about attempts to muzzle the media.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says he doesn't yet have a view on whether a move by the State Security Agency to stop the further publication of Jacques Pauw’s book The President's Keepers, is a credible one.

He’s been asked about the court action by the Democratic Alliance (DA) during question time in the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon.

Ramaphosa has confirmed that while he's reading the book, he is hesitant about attempts to muzzle the media.

Ramaphosa says he can't yet form a definitive opinion about the controversial book.

Since its release, it’s become almost commonplace for opposition MPs to wave the book around in the two Houses of Parliament, especially when addressed by President Jacob Zuma.

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Ramaphosa has joked that DA leader Mmusi Maimane was clearly way ahead of him in the book and that it may have replaced his bible as bedtime reading.

“As far as I’m concerned, I want to go into the depths of this book to make a judgement whether is this a credible move to stop the book.”

But Ramaphosa has warned about attempts to stop such books.

“I've learned that sometimes you should never really muzzle the media. The media in terms of our Constitution should be free and fair.”

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)