South Africa press defies warnings: Shows photos of President Jacob Zuma’s $18M mansion

November 25, 2013 2:08 PM

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South Africa press defies warnings: Shows photos of President Jacob Zuma’s $18M mansion

'It is not done anywhere. We have not seen the images of the White House showing where the security features are. It is not done in any democracy,' says the South African security minister.

South Africa's press have defied warnings from the country's president and printed pictures of his lavish home revamped with some $18 million of taxpayers money.

The media had been warned not to use the images of Jacob Zuma's private rural home — complete with swimming pool, helipad and even a soccer field — claiming it would contravene the country's security laws, South African press reported.

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said such a move would not be allowed in other countries, including in the US.

"It is not done anywhere. We have not seen the images of the White House showing where the security features are. It is not done in any democracy," he told South African newspapers.

The Star newspaper ran a picture with a cross superimposed through it, stating: "Look away! What ministers don't want you to see."

The papers claimed it was their responsibility to show how public money is used by its leaders. The home even has a tuck shop. The claims gave prompted widespread anger in South Africa.

Source: nydailynews.com

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