The Journalist Jacques Pauw and NB Publishers' attorneys have warned the State Security Agency that they will seek punitive costs order if the agency tries to stop the printing and publishing of the book, The President's Keeper.
The State Security Agency served a cease and desist order on the publishers last week, claiming that the book was replete with inaccuracies and contravened several laws.
The book has already entered its second print with fresh copies expected on shelves from Tuesday. Willem de Klerk attorneys have told the State Security Agency that NB publishers will not stop publishing the book or withdraw it from the shelves. They claim that the information in the book is true and on undeniable public interest and that the publication thereof was justified and lawful.
The attorney says that the agency claims the book is full of inaccuracies, but so not make a single reference to any part of the book containing such errors. They also say the book has been available for more than a week and there is simply no legal basis to try and stop its further distribution.
The attorneys say that if the agency does decide to go to court, they will oppose the application.