The South African police have summoned investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw for questioning.
Mr Pauw recently published a book containing corruption allegations against president Jacob Zuma titled The President’s Keepers:
The South African National Editor’s Forum deputy chairperson Katy Katopodis told me that this is an intimidation tactic by the police.
She told me: “The work that these journalists are doing is not criminal.”
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 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.