Pictures of Zuma's Nkandla home illegal

2013-11-21 14:38
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Madonsela 'depoliticising' Nkandla process

2013-11-21 08:45

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has vowed to depoliticise the report on the security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.WATCH

Pretoria - 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 media briefing on Thursday.

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

Key point

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

Mthethwa said that the Nkandla homestead had been declared a national key point in 2008 and this means people that 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 happens nowhere else in the world in no other democracy,” said Cwele.

It’s unclear how an entity like Google will be prevented from publishing Nkandla on its Google images and maps functionality.

It is also unknown if photographs of other key points like the Union Buildings and Parliament are now also banned, or if the matter is only relating to the president’s private home. The opening of Parliament is broadcast globally every year. It’s uncertain how this will not be affected.

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