ANGRY reaction has been pouring in regarding death threats received by Jacques Pauw, author of The President’s Keepers.
Speaking in an interview with the SABC yesterday, Pauw said he received a call from an anonymous caller on Monday evening while he was speaking to Ronnie Kasrils.
“The person said if I didn’t stop writing about Jacob Zuma‚ I would be dead‚” said Pauw.
The book exposes Zuma’s alleged corruption and shows how Mzansi has become a gangster state.
Cope said the threats must be condemned in the strongest possible terms by everyone who wants a functional democracy and clean governance.
National chairman Pakes Dikgetsi said the threats cannot be taken lightly or be dismissed.
“They happen during the current climate of fear and actual political killings as witnessed in KZN and other parts of the country.
“It is an assault on the very foundation of our constitutional democracy. It is reminiscent of the desperate tactics of the apartheid regime during its dying days.”
Dikgetsi said the relevant authorities, including the police and the State Security Agency, if they still have any moral and legal virtues left, must quickly investigate these threats and bring the culprits to book.
“It is their duty to protect our citizens’ rights to information as well as the values of openness and accountability enshrined in our Constitution. We expect the head of state, parliament and the ruling party to take the lead in condemning these threats and take action.”