CT launch of 'Gangster State' to go ahead despite security concerns
Exclusive Books tweeted that it was in the process of discussing the possibility of either a postponement or change of venue for the Cape Town event because of security concerns.
CAPE TOWN - V&A Waterfront management has clarified that it has not canceled the book launch of journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh's Gangster State.
The book details allegations of grand-scale corruption by African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general and former Free State premier Ace Magashule.
Earlier, Myburgh tweeted that Thursday evening's event had been canceled following a disruptive demonstration at the launch of the book in Johannesburg this week.
Friends of democracy and free speech, help me mobilize a little here. @VnAWaterfront and @ExclusiveBooks now want to cancel tonight’s #GangsterState launch because they’re scared of a few rascals. Are we going to allow this to happen? pic.twitter.com/7QLlHajQXB— Pieter-Louis Myburgh (@PLMyburgh) April 11, 2019
A group of protesters, some wearing ANC-branded clothing, disrupted the launch at Sandton City's Exclusive Books outlet.
On Thursday morning the book franchise tweeted that it was in the process of discussing the possibility of either a postponement or change of venue for the Cape Town event because of security concerns.
Regarding the statement by @PLMyburgh:— Exclusive Books (@ExclusiveBooks) April 11, 2019
Please note that this statement is incorrect. Due to security concerns we were in the process of discussing the possibility of either a postponement or change of venue but no cancellation was discussed & no official decision has been made.
Myburgh was forced to flee the launch of his book in Sandton on Tuesday after a group of disgruntled African National Congress Youth League supporters stormed the venue, ripping apart books and disrupting proceedings.