The President’s Keepers, a book released by Author Jacques Pauw a week ago has been at the centre of a row with the State Security Agency and the South African Revenue Service.
Now, the State Security Agency (SSA) has confirmed that it has laid charges against the veteran journalist. SSA spokesperson Brian Dube confirmed on Thursday that Pauw is being charged for contravening certain sections of the State Security Act.
Dube disclosed that the charges stemmed from the publication of Pauw’s controversial book, which alleges that Zuma had not filed tax returns for the first several years that he served as President of the country, that (if honestly calculated) he would owe SARS about R60-million in taxes, and that he had illegally and in breach of the Constitution received an R1-million per month from a dodgy security company for several months after he became President.
The book also accuses ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma of receiving cash and material support for her presidential campaign from controversial cigarette manufacturer, Adriano Mazzotti.
The veteran investigative journalist, in addition, revealed that millions of rands taxpayers’ money flowed into the bank accounts of bogus spies and also revealed other dirty tricks in South Africa’s law-enforcement agencies.
The SSA spokesperson told reporters: “The charges relate to the contravention of certain sections of the Intelligence Services Act. The normal cause of investigation will follow and the matter will then be debated in court.”
The charges, he stated, were laid at the Littleton Police Station in Pretoria.
Meanwhile, the Hawks have confirmed a case has been opened by SSA in connection with Pauw’s book, but that no charges have been laid.
The Hawks’ Hangwani Mulaudzi said the elite unit’s serious organised crime unit is now investigating the allegations and that no person has been fingered in the investigation.
The SSA had sent a cease and desist letter to get The President’s Keepers’ title editor Russel Martin, asking him to withdraw the books from bookshelves and retracts some parts of the book.
But the publisher, at the time, stated that their lawyers were dealing with the matter and they have no intention of withdrawing the book at this stage.
The agency thereafter threatened to go to court to interdict NB Publishers from further distribution of the book. In response, the author told the SSA that instead of withdrawing the books, he would more copies for public consumption.
Jacques Pauw’s released the President’s Keepers book last Sunday. Two days after its release, the book was sold out, making its sales one of the biggest in history.