ANCYL Free State going ahead with 'planned' Gangster State book burning

On Tuesday evening protesters in ANC regalia disrupted the book launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book, Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture's book launch at Exclusive Books in Sandton City.

ANCYL in the Free State plans has stated that it intends burning copies of Myburgh's new book at a dump site in Mangaung next Monday.

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Free State's provincial secretary Reagan Booysen tells Bongani Bingwa that he cannot say much about the disruption of the launch.

Read: 'There will be plenty of books, how we get them? Don't worry'- ANCYL Free State

We can't say much because we saw a group of young people disrupting the launch and we are not sure whether those young people are members of the ANCYL or not.

Reagan Booysen, Free State's provincial secretary - ANCYL

We don't condone it and we condemn it. We wanted to ask Pieter questions about his book because, in some of his allegations, there are people that are not named. They are just called sources.

Reagan Booysen, Free State's provincial secretary - ANCYL

He says the Tuesday evening demonstration is different from ANCYL's plan to burn the book.

We have come out clearly as the ANCYL in the Free State and issued a statement ours is a planned event. It is totally different from the demonstrations.

Reagan Booysen, Free State's Provincial secretary - ANCYL

Our event is different because we are saying people need to burn those books as there is no truth in that book and there is a lot of contradictions in that book.

Reagan Booysen, Free State's Provincial secretary - ANCYL

He says that the book is trying to divide the ANC leadership.

Booysen is adamant that Myburgh's book is false and it will not allow a book it believes is misleading the people.

The book contradicts itself, and we are saying the book does not tell the truth. We are lobbying our people and we have invited the society to be part of us when we burn this book.

Reagan Booysen, Free State's Provincial secretary - ANCYL

He says the book is one-sided, contradictory and aims to divide the society.

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