Thursday's Cape Town launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book Gangster State will happen after all. CapeTalk has agreed to host the all-ticket launch at its Green Point studios after Exclusive Books and the V&A Waterfront bowed out due to public safety concerns. Tessa van Staden‚ CapeTalk programme manager‚ said: "In the spirit of supporting members of the media — and freedom of speech — CapeTalk [and Primedia Broadcasting] decided to make one of our conference areas available." Myburgh and Penguin Books SA announced the news on Twitter after criticising the original hosts for cancelling the launch of the book about alleged corruption by ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. "We look forward to an evening of free and frank discussion on the contents of this explosive book‚" publisher Penguin Random House said in a media release. Mervyn Sloman‚ owner of The Book Lounge in the Cape Town city centre‚ said he would have been willing to host the event in his store if necessary. "I have said ...

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