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DCS warns against sharing images of Zuma on social media

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The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services has urged people not to share images of former president Zuma on social media, as it pertains to an ongoing investigation.

The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services issued a media advisory on Thursday, 8 July 2021, stating that it was appalled by the distribution of former president, Jacob Zuma’s photos on social media. The department confirmed that a criminal case has been opened, after a camera SD card was stolen from a correctional centre which contained images of Jacob Zuma being admitted to the centre.

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) noted that the images were stolen from a camera of the official who was assigned to take the images for institutional filing purposes. The department stated that the SD card was removed from the camera, further stating that the matter is highly sensitive and is being investigated by it and the South African Police Service (SAPS). The official involved has reportedly been contemplated with a suspension notice.

The DCS claimed that the first aspect of the internal investigation has revealed that the SD card may have allegedly been shared with a known broadcaster. The department also stated that it would be approaching the relevant institutions for further action. The DCS further expressed that it is appalled by the distribution of these images, and has urged people to refrain from sharing them.

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