SA se­cu­rity agency sues Zuma book au­thor

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG— South Africa’s State Se­cu­rity Agency (SSA) has made a crim­i­nal com­plaint against the au­thor of a book crit­i­cal of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, a spokesman said yes­ter­day.

The Pres­i­dent’s Keep­ers — Those keep­ing Zuma in power and out of prison by jour­nal­ist Jac­ques Pauw al­leges mil­lions of dol­lars in tax­pay­ers’ money flowed into the bank ac­counts of spies and mem­bers of Zuma’s gov­ern­ment.

The pres­i­dent’s of­fice has de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions, say­ing Zuma had de­clared all his in­come to the tax au­thor­i­ties.

The SSA last week said the book should be re­moved from sale as it re­veals the names of SSA agents, their op­er­a­tional meth­ods and the agency’s clas­si­fied doc­u­ments. It also said the book was full of in­ac­cu­ra­cies.

NB Pub­lish­ers de­clined to with­draw the book and Pauw has con­tin­ued to hold pub­lic sign­ings.

“Charges have been laid against Mr Pauw re­lat­ing to the con­tra­ven­tion of sev­eral sec­tions of the In­tel­li­gence Ser­vices Act,” SSA spokesman Brian Dube said.

NB Pub­lish­ers said its lawyers were study­ing the charges and would re­spond in due course.

Pauw has said the SSA is seek­ing le­gal ac­tion to dis­tract from rev­e­la­tions in his book about cor­rup­tion at the agency.— Reuters.

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