While all patiently await treasury’s estimate of how much President Zuma would be paying back to the nation’s account, it might soon become unlawful for anyone to take a picture photograph of President Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.
The Civilian Secretariat for Police last month, published a proposed new law barring people from photographing national keypoints, which include Zuma’s private and official residences, and those of his predecessors Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.
If passed, the newly proposed Draft Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill, which is expected to replace the National Key Points Act, will peg a criminal offence and possibly a 20 year jail term for anyone caught photographing President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, his office and residence at the Union Buildings or any of the country’s over 200 national keypoints for “unlawful purposes”
Though the draft did not specify which “unlawful purposes” would constitute an offence, the new law will make it a criminal offence to “take or record, or cause to take or record, an analogue or digital photographic image, video or film of a critical infrastructure or critical infrastructure complex with the intent to use or distribute such analogue or digital photographic image, video or film for an unlawful purpose”.
The National Key Points Act is a parliamentarian act that provides for the declaration and protection of sites of national strategic importance against sabotage.
It became law in 1980 to halt the bombings and sabotage of key installations by liberation movements’ operatives fighting against apartheid.
Other national keypoints aside Zuma’s Nkandla homestead include the Western Cape home of the last apartheid president, FW de Klerk, SABC facilities across the country, parliament and provincial legislatures.
According to the bill, destruction of national keypoints, which the new law calls critical infrastructure, will be punishable by up to 30 years’ imprisonment.
Other installations listed as national keypoints are the SA Reserve Bank and PetroSA facilities, the State Security Agency’s communication centre, Eskom power stations, Transnet pipelines and international airports.
The acting secretary of police Phumudzo Rapea was however, unreachable for comment as he is out of the country.
Meanwhile, treasury is still making calculations to work out the amount that President Jacob Zuma has to pay back for the non-security upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead but will not be made known until the end of this month.
By its estimation‚ the deadline for the National Treasury is 28 June 2016.