Mthembu: Thugs involved in 'Gangster State' disruption will face ANC action
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu also called on ANC members to defend the rights of the author and publisher and not allow individuals to drag the party's name into disrepute.
JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress chief whip Jackson Mthembu says he will ensure that those who disrupted the launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's latest book Gangster State face disciplinary action.
Exclusive Books in Sandton had to cancel the event on Tuesday night after a group of people, some wearing ANC t-shirts, stormed the venue.
Police were called to the scene while the author fled, fearing for his life.
Mthembu has weighed in on Twitter, calling those who disrupted the event thugs who must be arrested.
He also called on ANC members to defend the rights of the author and publisher and not allow individuals to drag the party's name into disrepute.
Meanwhile, 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 ANCYL's Reagan Booysen: "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."
I will be mobilizing @MYANC ( NWC ) to urgently bring those involved in the disruption of the #GangsterState #AceMagashule book launch before a disciplinary committee. Those thugs have brought the ANC name into disrepute. They have trashed our hard worn democracy . pic.twitter.com/LIq3SnX4Yn— Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) April 10, 2019
These thugs who purport to be @MYANC members must also be arrested for their actions at the #GangsterState book launch last night . Their actions were criminal , anti - democracy and anti - freedom of speech . They threatened the author , publisher and all those in attendance .— Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) April 10, 2019
We must all , as members of @MYANC , defend our glorious movement against these thugs and criminals . We must defend the rights of the author and publisher as enshrined in our constitution. These thugs must not be allowed to drag our good name into their dastardly ends .— Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) April 10, 2019