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Zuma won't pay ethics fine

2010-07-27 19:27

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will not be fined for violating the cabinet's ethics code, after he was eight months late in declaring his assets, a government spokesperson said on Tuesday.

This is despite a cabinet agreement last week that fines should be paid if ministers or the president fail to comply with the executive ethics code.

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko said cabinet members could be fined up to a month's salary, or see their salaries and benefits reduced for a period of up to 15 days.

However Maseko said Zuma will not pay a fine as the "sanctions did not apply retroactively".

Zuma should have declared all his financial interests within 60 days of taking office last year.

The public protector, a government watchdog, found Zuma took 10 months to declare his assets after his swearing-in.