Jacques Pauw and the attorneys of publishing house NB Publishers, have warned the State Security Agency (SSA) to back-off or they will seek punitive costs after the agency attempted to have Pauw’s book removed from all book-stores where it has currently been on sale.
Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers, surrounds the known and unknown political manoeuvrings of Jacob Zuma’s presidency from start to present. It has so far highlighted instances of great collusion and behind-the-curtain money movements prompting the attention of the SSA.
The agency served a cease and desist order on the publishers last week, claiming that the book was replete with inaccuracies and contravened several laws.
The book has already entered its second print with fresh copies expected on shelves from Tuesday.
Willem de Klerk attorneys has told the State Security Agency that NB publishers will not stop making the book available or withdraw it from shelves.
They maintain that the information in the book is true and of undeniable public interest and that the publication thereof was justified and lawful.
The attorneys say that the agency claims the book is replete with inaccuracies, but doesn’t make a single reference to any part of the book containing such errors.
They say that the book has been available for more than a week and there is simply no legal basis to try and stop its further distribution.
The attorney says if the agency decides to go to court, they will oppose the application.