The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Free State allegedly intend to burn the book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture by Pieter-Louis Myburgh on Monday. The controversial book, which was released last week, is based on a portrayal of the even more controversial Free State politician and former Premier Ace Magashule.
According to a report the ANCYL completely rejects the book and copies are being collected to be destroyed. “As we have already indicated, we are already collecting these particular books and we have them in storage. Of course our intention is to burn this particular book,” said spokesperson Sello Pietersen.
This comes after the launch of Gangster State was allegedly disrupted by a group of demonstrators last night. However, there are reports that the ANC does not condone this kind of censorship. In what seems to be a WhatsApp message the party stated that burning the book is an affront on freedom of speech.
“The ANC condemns the disruption and the call to burn books in the strongest possible terms. We wish to emphasise that those who disrupted the launch did not do so in the name of the ANC or on the behalf of the ANC Secretary-General,” read the message.
Pietersen stated that the league would consult with internal party structures in this regard. He added that books meant to be burnt were not bought. “We had our own internal arrangement in terms of getting this particular book. Already a number of people have the book in their possession. There is no way that we would buy a book that we know is propaganda.
The book burning will reportedly take place on Monday at 17:00 at the Mangaung South Side Dumping Site. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele