V&A Waterfront defends decision to pass on 'Gangster State' book launch

The V&A Waterfront stands by its decision to opt out of hosting the Cape Town leg of the Gangster State book launch on Thursday.

The event was meant to take place at the Exclusive Books outlet there, but was cancelled over security concerns.

On Tuesday, a group of ANC supporters disrupted the launch of the book in Johannesburg at Sandton City's Exclusive Books outlet.

The book, by investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh, details allegations of grandscale corruption by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.

The V&A Waterfront says it made a collective decision to cancel the event at its premises after meeting with the South African Police Service (Saps) and Exclusive Books management overnight.

Spokesperson Donald Kau says the priority was to ensure the safety of the book launch attendees and all V&A Waterfront visitors in the vicinity.

Kau argues that it is unfair to claim that V&A Waterfront management is not concerned with defending freedom of speech.

The decision was arrived at as a decision between ourselves, Exclusive Books, and the Saps.

Donald Kau, Head of PR & Communications and spokesperson - V&A Waterfront

It was informed by a security assessment that was made.

Donald Kau, Head of PR & Communications and spokesperson - V&A Waterfront

We're a public area.

Donald Kau, Head of PR & Communications and spokesperson - V&A Waterfront

The book launch has since been moved to Primedia Broadcasting's Green Point studios after CapeTalk agreed to host the event.

CapeTalk listeners are invited to attend a separate discussion of the book with the author on Friday, 12 April.

Click here for more details.

Listen to the full response on The John Maytham Show:


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