Nkandla photo comments ‘misunderstood’

Government said the security cluster’s statement was taken out of context by the media.

President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Government on Friday slammed media reports on the publishing of Nkandla photographs as "unbecoming" and "out of context."

Ministers on Thursday faced questions about Nkandla and government's battle with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela over her interim report on security upgrades at the KwaZulu-Natal compound during a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria.

Both State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa warned that publishing photographs of President Jacob Zuma's home was against the law.

On Friday morning, the front pages of most newspapers displayed photographs of the residence with one headline reading: " So, arrest us."

Speaking at the briefing, Mthethwa said, "There may be pictures which expose security features."

He warned people with "classified documents" in their possession that they could face the full might of the law.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams says the comments were taken out of context.

She says publishing photographs of the property is not quite the issue.

Williams says the problem comes if those photographs reveal security features at the president's home.

The spokesperson called on the media to report accurately and responsibly.