Zuma submits self, family declaration of interests

2010-03-10 14:32

President Jacob Zuma finally declared his and his family’s benefits

and interests today, his attorney Michael Hulley said.

“President Jacob Zuma today provided a list to the Secretary of

Cabinet containing any gifts, benefits or financial interests held or received

either by him or by any family member, as required in terms of the Executive

Ethics Code,” he said in a statement.

This followed the revelation that he had not done so within 60 days

of taking office last year, which the law requires.

The declarations in the public and private parts of the register

were completed in consultation with the Secretary of Cabinet, who was the

director general in the presidency.

“In deciding whether to accept or retain any gift, the president

has applied the same high ethical standard he otherwise would have in respect of

other members of the Executive.

“In any event, whilst these gestures are highly appreciated and of

immense sentimental significance, none of the gifts are of extraordinary

monetary value.

“The attendant delay in completing this task responsibly has

created an opportunity for some to unfairly speculate without substance.

“The president does not hold any directorship, membership or

shareholding in any company, either public or private, nor is he associated in

any way therewith. The suggestions to the contrary are devoid of any truth and

are regrettable,” said Hulley.


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