Ramaphosa admits to reading The President's Keepers

Ramaphosa admits to reading The President's Keepers

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the National Assembly that he is reading the controversial book The President's Keepers by investigative journalist Jacques Pauw. 

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Ramaphosa answered questions in the National Assembly on Thursday. 

He was asked by the Democratic Alliance's (DA) John Steenhuisen to respond to the allegations against President Jacob Zuma in the book.

"I am reading the book as well. It is possible that the honourable leader of the opposition (Mmusi Maimane) is way ahead. I think he uses it for bedtime reading and possibly could have taken the place of the Bible. He holds it in his hand all the time. I do not have that luxury," Ramaphosa responded. 

Ramaphosa said he is unable to comment on the content of the book, as he hasn't finished reading it. 

"As I read the book, I finding a number of allegations being made. I want to get to the point where he (Mmusi Maimane) has gotten to. I want to get into the depth of this book."

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Ramaphosa was also quizzed on threats by the State Security Agency to lay criminal charges against Pauw.

"You should never really muzzle the media. In terms of our constitution they have a right to be free and fair. I haven't reach the point yet, where I am able to make a definitive type of determination of what is in the book," Ramaphosa said. 

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