The ANC has distanced itself from a group of ANC Youth League members from Free State who on Tuesday evening in Sandton disrupted the launch of Pieter Louis Myburgh’s book, which claim to expose allegation of corruption against the party’s secretary general Ace Magashule.
A group of protesters, some wearing ANC t-shirts, reportedly stormed the Exclusive Books store in Sandton City and tore out pages from Myburgh’s book, Gangster State: Unraveling Ace Magashule’s web of capture.
“The ANC condemns the disruption and the call to burn books in the strongest possible terms. We wish to emphasize that those who disrupted the launch did not do so in the name of the ANC nor on behalf of the ANC Secretary General. We view the actions of these individuals in a very serious light as it undermines freedom of speech.
Our constitutional democracy enjoins us to defend every citizen’s right to freedom of speech irrespective of whether we agree with the contents or not.
The ANC appeals to all its structures to observe and adhere to the letter and spirit of our Constitution,” the party said in a statement.
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said he would ensure that the party’s national working committee took tough action against those involved.
Magashule indidcated he was intending to challenge Myburgh’s book in court.