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Reuters / President Jacob Zuma has been dogged by allegations of corruption for more than a decade
South Africa’s spy agency has demanded the withdrawal of a controversial new book about President Jacob Zuma’s alleged financial irregularities, saying it is “replete with inaccuracies” and contravenes the Intelligence Service Act.
The State Security Agency threatened to go to go to court if NP publishers failed to withdraw “The President’s Keepers – Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison”, authored by award-winning investigative journalist Jacques Pauw.
The book alleged that Mr Zuma had for four months received a “salary” from a businessman – over and above his government-paid presidential salary – and had failed to declare it to the tax collection agency, the South African Revenue Services.
After excerpts of the book were published in Sunday newspapers, Mr Zuma’s spokesman issued a statement, denying any wrongdoing by the president and saying he was the victim of a “smear campaign”.
“The tax matters of the president are in order,” the statement added.
Mr Pauw says he stands by his work.
Copies of the book are flying off the shelves like hot cakes as people are rushing to get it, in case it disappears from book stores.
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By Milton NkosiSource: BBC