Zuma wants new propaganda machine - report

2014-05-02 08:29
President Jacob Zuma (Picture: Sapa)

President Jacob Zuma (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will set up a new information ministry modelled on Zimbabwean, Chinese and Russian government departments should he get a second term as president, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday.

The newspaper reported sources as saying that Zuma was unhappy with how he was portrayed in the last five years and wants the proposed new ministry, to be headed by current Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj, to clean up his image.

The president would also like to do some other restructuring in government, including recreating the post of a second deputy president, last seen when Nelson Mandela led the country.

Though Maharaj denied any knowledge of the new propaganda machine, government sources told the newspaper that preparations are at an advanced stage.

Other new ministries have also been discussed by ANC members and could be established in the next administration.

The new information ministry will incorporate Government Communication Information System [GCIS].

South Africa’s last information ministry was during apartheid and was run by Connie Mulder.

Zuma has faced a variety of scandals over the years including Nkandla, the Gupta plane saga and his involvement with Schabir Shaik.

However, it has been reported that the Nkandla scandal would cause few ANC supporters to turn away from the ANC  at the polls next week.
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