Stifling debate: Free State university bars ‘Gangster State’ book discussion

Stifling debate: Free State university bars ‘Gangster State’ book discussion By Daily Maverick Reporters

5/15/2019

Stifling debate: Free State university bars ‘Gangster State’ book discussion By Daily Maverick Reporters

The University of the Free State has decided to prohibit a panel discussion on Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book ‘Gangster State’ that was due to take place on its campus next week.

The panel discussion was due to be held at the UFS campus on Thursday 23 May in conjunction with its business school, the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), book retailer Exclusive Books and Penguin Random House, the publisher of the book penned by investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh.

You are free to go ahead with the event, on the same time and date, but not on campus,” the UFS Business School staffer wrote in her email to Penguin.

that the university’s security services “suggested that we postpone the event to the year’s second semester”.

largely deals with Magashule’s alleged corrupt dealings in his former role as premier of the Free State.

In our view, we would have been very happy to form part of that nonsensical lecture because we are prepared to go and expose it for what it is. For the university to postpone it is not really a train smash. It’s assisting because, like we said before, the book does not belong in the [archives of] our history, it does not belong anywhere within the intellectual discourse because it’s fiction, which must be understood as the rubbish which it is.”

We would have welcomed that white boy to come to the province and engage [with] him,” the radio station quoted Peterson as saying.

The UFS or the other organisers did not even have the courtesy to call or email me or Penguin Random House,” said Myburgh.

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