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4 Nov 2017
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NB Publishers warns of ‘pirated and hacked’ copy of The President’s Keepers

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The publishers of Jacques Pauw’s new book say the piracy is hurting the author, who has put ‘everything on the line' to ensure South Africans know the truth.

President Jacob Zuma speaks at the traditional leaders indaba at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on 29 May 2017. The indaba allows a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and the roles of traditional leaders in society and policy. Picture: Yeshiel Panchia

NB Publishers, the publisher of Jacques Pauw’s new book, The President’s Keepers – Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison, has warned that a “pirated and hacked” PDF copy of the book was being shared on social media.

This comes after the South African State Security Agency (SSA) on Friday issued Pauw and his publisher with a “cease and desist” order from publishing his controversial book about President Jacob Zuma’s alleged tax evasion.

NB Publishers in a statement on Saturday appealed to South Africans not to take advantage of the PDF copy.

“A pirated‚ hacked copy of The President’s Keepers is being shared on social media. As NB Publishers‚ the publisher of Pauw’s important book‚ we understand that many South Africans are doing this innocently‚ believing it to be a protest against the State Security Agency’s attempt to have the book withdrawn‚” NB Publishers said.

The publishers said the piracy was hurting Pauw who has put “everything on the line to ensure South Africa knows the truth this book tells. It also hurts the publishing industry, and is illegal.”

“We assure the public the book is not banned and we are printing more to meet the overwhelming demand and working to get them to the shops as soon as possible. We are also fighting the attempt to have this book withdrawn.”

In the book, Pauw exposes, among others, an alleged plot by Zuma to quash his massive R63-million tax bill, his failure to submit his tax returns during at least the first five years of his presidency, and how Zuma kept receiving a secret monthly pay cheque from a friend despite being paid by the State as president.

Pauw also alleges that South African Revenue Services (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane is aiding Zuma to avoid his tax obligations.

Acting on behalf of the SSA, a law firm Kgoroeadira Mudau Inc said that Pauw must cease and desist from making the book public and withdraw it from the publishers and any suppliers.

The law firm said that the SSA believes that the book was riddled with many inaccuracies of criminal nature and constitutes a violation of the relevant intelligent statutes, and compromises the security of the state.

“Noting the admission that you did not seek the views of the [people apparently implicated], it is not surprising that this book is replete with inaccuracies. We note that it is the duty of the author, editor and publisher to ensure the accuracy thereof. In the circumstances, we hold them jointly and severally for any responsible for repeat publication of this fake information,” the SSA argues.

The SSA also said that Pauw must retract the parts that it deemed inaccurate and provide it with written confirmation that he has done so.

Failure to comply to these demands within five days, the SSA said it would approach the High Court to seek appropriate remedy against the publication of the book, including instituting criminal charges against Pauw and his publisher.

– Additional reporting African News Agency

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