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Author of Jacob Zuma exposé ‘faces criminal charges’

Story from: South Africa | The Guardian

Publisher claims South African state security agency has acted to shut down explosive claims in book about the country’s president

South Africa’s state security agency (SSA) has chosen to “shoot the messenger” by laying criminal charges against Jacques Pauw, author of a book that claims to reveal “the darkest secret at the heart of Jacob Zuma’s compromised government”, according to his publisher.

Media reports in South Africa said that criminal proceedings had begun against Pauw, who published his exposé of Zuma’s government, The President’s Keepers, late last month. The book claims to reveal the “cancerous cabal that eliminates the president’s enemies and purges the law-enforcement agencies of good men and women”. Following a cease and desist letter from the SSA sent to Pauw and his publishers last week over “unlawful publication of classified information”, later reports said that charges had now been laid against them.

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