Monday, November 25, 2013

Pics of Jacob Zuma’s house ‘taboo’

Ministers in the security cluster say South Africans should desist from publishing and distributing images of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

“It is against the law. We are asking nicely that people no longer do it,” said State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele during a press briefing this morning.

The press briefing was to discuss Cabinet’s meeting yesterday. The ministers in the security cluster were in attendance to address the Nkandla issue.

Cwele and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa made it clear that it is against the law to take photos of national key points and to distribute them.

Mthethwa said the Nkandla homestead had been declared a national key point in 2008 and this means that people who have photos or images may be in possession of classified information.

The cluster ministers said that media houses will be contacted and asked to no longer publish pictures of Nkandla.
“This kind of thing [distributing photos of national key points] happens nowhere else in the world in no other democracy,” said Cwele.

It’s unclear how an entity such as Google will be prevented from continuing to carry Nkandla on its Google images and maps functionality.

It’s also unknown if photos of other key points like the Union Buildings and Parliament are now also banned or if the matter is only related to the president’s private home.

The opening of Parliament is broadcast globally every year. It’s uncertain how this will be affected.

 The City Press front page of December 9 2012.


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