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Erin Bates
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Erin Bates 1m
Please correct your statement. There is no confirmation on the cause of death at the moment.
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Erin Bates 31m
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Dankie. 👓 All the better to see with.
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Erin Bates 2h
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Myburgh says hopefull things will improve. He thanks those who attended, and says he will sign books afterward. Then a belated question from Van Wyk On following the money, and a follow up remark on Dlodlo’s comments.
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Erin Bates 2h
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Dlodlo says she appreciates every day that in a country like South Africa you can still stand up for the truth, because of the Constitution, and that’s a right that people for which people fought and died, she says thank you for the journalists in the country.
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Erin Bates 2h
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Dlodlo says there is always a simple test for a journalist investigating these kinds of stories, which is to assess the procurement of investigating firms to tackle alleged cases of rot and whether or not those procurement processes were actually transparent.
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Erin Bates 2h
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Closing remarks from the panel. Some audience members begin leaving the auditorium . Vermeulen mentions bare denials. Roux speaks of a vast, brilliant patronage network that reminds him of a brain tumour almost impossible to remove without killing the brain.
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Erin Bates 2h
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An audience member says “there are those in government and in politics” who are opposed to these actions, there are good, dedicated civil servants, they aren’t all “rotten potatoes” and those against malfeasance provided information. Shouldn’t Myburgh give them more credit? 🥔
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Erin Bates 2h
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“I was given leaked bank records and documents,” says Myburgh. He says, going forward, South African journalists really need to determine where these illicit flows end up offshore, in places like the Caymen Islands and Dubai.
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Erin Bates 2h
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Another audience member asks about the money trails in different investigations. “I think the Ace Magashule network is very much a cash-based economy,” replies Myburgh before citing examples. He says that does not preclude the possibility of tracing offload of cash-based funds.
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Erin Bates 2h
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An audience member tells Myburgh he has already persecuted Magashule with his book. “THANK YOU,” shouts out another attendee. The audience member asks Myburgh why he doesn’t take his evidence to a police station and open a case if he has all this evidence.
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Erin Bates 2h
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On the question of testifying at the Myburgh says he would not like to testify there because of arm’s length reasons but he is happy to informally assist as long as it does not compromise his journalistic integrity or place his sources at risk.
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Erin Bates 2h
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“It really knows no bounds or colour bounds in my experience,” says Myburgh of corruption and nepotism he has researched.
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Erin Bates 2h
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Audience comment includes a claim that the Free State is bankrupt, and another question on whether Magashule “is avoiding something” considering he has not yet taken Myburgh to court. He asks Myburgh if he will be going to testify at the .
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Erin Bates 2h
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Myburgh says Pieterse’s presence speaks to the fact that culprits and the characters in his book who he scrutinized are not only black, the profile or pigment of corruption is not limited.
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Erin Bates 2h
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Myburgh says Pieterse protected Magashule and was purposefully misleading when engaging when engaging with the SIU, and Myburgh reports has that in writing and Pieterse is welcome to take him to court if the book’s assertions are false.
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Erin Bates 2h
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An audience member, Mr Pieterse from a company called Open Water, says Myburgh accuses him and his business partner of wrongdoing in his book. “There are lies in your book,” he says after saying he offered to engage with Myburgh, including through a third party.
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Erin Bates 2h
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Rumblings after Myburgh says of Magashule, “He doesn’t give a damn about black business people in this province, I can tell you that much.” A clap rings out and someone says, “Open it.” More chatter now as the microphones are reading for the QnA with the audience.
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Erin Bates 2h
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[CLAIM AGAINST MAGASHULE] Myburgh: That is really such a gross indictment of the farce of Radical Economic Transformation. It is just a ploy to enrich himself and the politically connected and their children the detriment of handworking black business people in the province.
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Erin Bates 2h
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Van Wyk asks Myburgh about the cost of the capture detailed in ‘Gangster State’ on the economy and lives of people in the Free State. Myburgh says several of the projects were promoted on the idea of furthering the interests of developing black business people.
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Erin Bates 2h
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“We know it came from the top down in this province,” says Myburgh regarding the . He also speaks to Dlodlo’s question of Premiers in other provinces, says he considered a book on the “Premier League” and considering “top level rot” in provinces.
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