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'Gangster State' book launch disrupted by protesters

Sandton City Mall security has been called following the disruption of the launch with protesters singing struggle songs.

The launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book 'Gangster State' has been disrupted at the Sandton City Mall. Picture: Bonga Dlulane/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State has been disrupted at Sandton City Mall.

Protesters have been tearing up copies of the controversial book which claims to expose the network of state capture under African National Congress secretary general Ace Magashule.

Myburg says it’s disappointing. “I did expect there would be people in attendance who are critical of the book, but what is disappointing is that once again a democratic stage was disrupted through undemocratic means.”

National marketing and publicity manager for Penguin Amanda Van Rhyn adds: “The discussion had just started and a bunch of people started screaming about 30 minutes ago and they’re still going.”

Sandton City Mall security has been called following the disruption of the launch with protesters singing struggle songs.

The protesters have taken books from the store shelves and ripped them up, leaving pages strewn across the floor.

Several guests have left the venue.

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Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League in the Free State intends burning copies of the book Gangster State at a dumping site in Mangaung next week.

Speaking on the Karima Brown Show on Tuesday night, the league’s Free State's spokesperson Sello Pieterson said they appreciate that they live in a constitutional documentary.

“Whatever happened in Sandton was not sanctioned by the ANCYL in the Free State, we’re not part of that. We appreciate and accept that we’re in a constitutional democracy which by the way in the product of the ANC. What we’re saying is that media freedom does not supersede any other freedoms which all of us must enjoy in this country, which is why we have a limitation of rights.”

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