Flood of pub­lic sup­port for Pauw

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way into the leaked clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion. It has also laid com­plaints against the au­thor and a for­mer em­ployee.

Late yes­ter­day, lawyer Willem de Klerk, rep­re­sent­ing Pauw and NB Pub­lish­ers, con­firmed there was still no clar­ity on the com­plaints, say­ing his clients were “very grate­ful” for the pub­lic’s sup­port.

“We have made contact with the Hawks and sent cor­re­spon­dence to its head, and are wait­ing for a re­sponse about the na­ture of the charges. We are aware that peo­ple are of­fer­ing their sup­port and our clients are very grate­ful.”

The state­ment also said the na­ture of the com­plaints against Pauw had yet to be estab­lished. “We can as­sure the pub­lic that we stand by our book and our coura­geous au­thor who ex­posed the apartheid-era Vlak­plaas death squads and is one of South Africa’s most re­spected in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists.

“We have given firm in­struc­tions to our at­tor­ney in this re­gard,” read the state­ment, adding that they had re­fused to re­tract cer­tain parts of the book.

“In­stead of in­ves­ti­gat­ing what Pauw’s ex­plo­sive new book re­veals about the agency… the SSA has cho­sen to ‘shoot the mes­sen­ger’.

“We are grate­ful and heart­ened for the many of­fers from civil so­ci­ety groups and the sup­port from the pub­lic.”

For­mer KZN Hawks boss Ma­jorGen­eral Jo­han Booy­sen yes­ter­day said the book had shown that “the pub­lic would be the judge at the end”. This was ahead of Booy­sen and the for­mer Cato Manor po­lice unit ap­pear­ing in the Dur­ban High Court on 116 counts, in­clud­ing rack­e­teer­ing, mur­der and at­tempted mur­der.

Jacques Pauw at his book launch in Brook­lyn Mall, Pretoria.

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