Jacques Pauw ascribes book success to publicity from 'idiots' Fraser and Moyane

Author and investigative journalist Jacques Pauw has written the best-selling book in South African history.

'The President’s Keepers' has sold almost 200 000 copies since it was published in October last year.

Read: 'The President’s Keepers' becomes the biggest selling book in SA history

Pauw says his book would not have sold as many copies without the publicity provided by former State Security Agency boss Arthur Fraser and suspended Sars boss Tom Moyane.

Both Fraser and Moyane launched an attack on Pauw and his publishers to have the book removed from the shelves.

He says buying the book then became an act of defiance and civic resistance against the rule of Jacob Zuma.

Pauw discusses the success of his book, the investigations against him and the political climate in SA.

Read more: State Security Agency boss Fraser moved to Correctional Services Dept

I had the advantage of the State taking action against me... If Arthur Fraser hadn't tried to stop the book, I certainly wouldn't have sold so many.

Jacques Pauw, author and investigative journalist

If you sell 5 000 books, it's regarded as a good-seller. My publishers (Tafelberg) were initially brave enough to print 20 000 copies.

Jacques Pauw, author and investigative journalist

Our timing was perfect.

Jacques Pauw, author and investigative journalist

This is book number six... I never expected to sell this many.

Jacques Pauw, author and investigative journalist

There's still 3 police investigations against me.

Jacques Pauw, author and investigative journalist

I knew they would attack my credibility and come for me in any way they can. They've tried.

Jacques Pauw, author and investigative journalist

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