ANC condemns, distances itself from 'Gangster State' book launch disruption

A group of protesters, some wearing ANC t-shirts, stormed the Exclusive Books store in Sandton City on Tuesday night and tore out pages from Myburgh's book, Gangster State: Unraveling Ace Magashule's web of capture.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has distanced itself from the disruption caused at Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book launch.

A group of protesters, some wearing ANC t-shirts, stormed the Exclusive Books store in Sandton City on Tuesday night and tore out pages from Myburgh's book, Gangster State: Unraveling Ace Magashule's web of capture.

The controversial book claims to expose corruption in the Free State under Ace Magashule's time as premier.

Speaking on the Karima Brown Show last night, the ANC's Dakota Legoete said that they view these actions in a very serious light.

"As the African National Congress, we must say that we are disappointed with the conduct of those people who claim to be members of the ANC and we want to fully condemn and distance ourselves from their actions because they do not represent the society envisaged by the ANC."

At the same time, the ANC Youth League in the Free State said that it will burn copies of the book at a dumping site in Mangaung on Monday.

The ANC Youth League's Free State provincial secretary Reagan Booysen commented on the book burning plans.

"We are calling society and we have come out clearly as the ANC Youth League in the Free State [and saying] ous is a planned event and not a coincidence while saying that people must burn those books because there's no truth in that book."

Despite admitting to not reading the book, the group of protesters says they know the book is riddled with lies.

Thabo Baleni was among them: "The media has a problem in itself because they always want to try and broadcast things against black people. In a way, they always target people who come from the ANC.”