Cape Town launch: Gangster State by Pieter-Louis Myburgh (April 11)
Adriaan Basson will pick Myburgh's brain about 'SA's most dangerous politician' at the EB Waterfront launch of Gangster State
In spite of Cyril Ramaphosa’s ‘new dawn’, there are powerful forces in the governing party that risk losing everything if corruption and state capture would finally come to an end.
At the centre of the old guard’s fightback efforts is Ace Magashule, a man viewed by some as South Africa’s most dangerous politician.
In this explosive book, investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh ventures deeper than ever before into Magashule’s murky dealings, from his time as a struggle activist in the 1980s to his powerful rule as premier of the Free State province for nearly a decade, and his rise to one of the ANC’s most influential positions.
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Sifting through heaps of records, documents and exclusive-source interviews, Myburgh explores Magashule’s relationship with the notorious Gupta family and other tender moguls; investigates government projects costing billions that enriched his friends and family but failed the poor; reveals how Magashule was about to be arrested by the Scorpions before their disbandment in the late 2000s; and exposes the methods used to keep him in power in the Free State and to secure him the post of ANC secretary-general.
Most tellingly, Myburgh pieces together a pack of leaked emails and documents to reveal shocking new details on a massive Free State government contract and Magashule’s dealings with a businessman who was gunned down in Sandton in 2017. These files seem to lay bare the methods of a man who usually operated without leaving a trace.
Gangster State is an unflinching examination of the ANC’s top leadership in the post– Jacob Zuma era, one that should lead readers to a disconcerting conclusion: When it comes to the forces of capture, South Africa is still far from safe.
Date: Wednesday April 11 (6pm for 6:30pm)
Venue: Exclusive Books, V&A Waterfront, 19 Dock Rd, Cape Town
Guest speaker: Adriaan Basson
- Article provided by Penguin Random House