Look at the White House, Buckingham Palace and even Vladimir Putin’s home – but steer clear of our president’s place

By admin
22 November 2013

Other world leaders don’t seem to suffer the same protection problem. The White House, Buckingham Palace and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin don’t have issues with their homes being on display.

There’s just no end to the Nkandla controversy. This time the National Key Points Act is being used to protect the president’s compound.

Publishing the images of President Jacob Zuma’s home is a security breach under the National Key Points Act state security minister Siyabonga Cwele says. “It is important that also to just send a caution that we have got laws – yes, some of them we will have to amend – but the continuing of flaunting of these pictures in a place, which has been declared by the minister of police as a national key point is also not correct.”

The White House

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1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington is the home of US President Barack Oboma.

Buckingham 

Home to Queen Elizabeth 2, ruler of all Commonwealth countries. 10 Downing Street 

The home of British Prime Minister David Cameron has been in several films.

Moscow Kremlin 

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The official residence of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin doesn’t even have the same security rules as our No 1.

According to the Right2Know campaign, the act was introduced by apartheid government in 1980 a response to “sabotage” that was taking place in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

Until 2004 the act allowed the defence minister to designate an area or place vital to national security and in need of special security. Now it gives the head of South African Police Service – in this case minister of police Nathi Mthethwa – the power to declare any place a national key point if vital to national security.

Once declared a national key point the area is governed by strict anti-disclosure provision – any person disclosing “any information” in “any manner whatsoever” about security measures of a national key point can face up to three years in jail or a R10 000 fine, the Right2Know campaign explains.

-Asa Sokopo

Sources

www.bdlive.co.zawww.corruptionwatch.org.za; www.r2k.org.za

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