David van Rooyen, being sworn in as the Finance Minister, at the Union Buildings on 10 December 2015.
PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma has announced a team of senior journalists who&39;ll cover the activities of the president and his deputy.
The group will be called the Presidential Press Corps.
President Zuma launches the Presidential Press Corps accredited to cover Presidency on a full time & on-going basis https://t.co/Znui9sJIqD— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) February 22, 2016
Zuma says the reporters will have improved access to the president and his ministers.
The announcement was made in Pretoria this morning, at the group&39;s first meeting.
President Zuma has emphasised the need for reporters to get background information to enable a better understanding of the decisions government makes.
He&39;s cited the example of replacing former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with Des van Rooyen.
And that the new Presidential Press Core will ensure there&39;s no confusion about future decisions he may make.
"I take decisions as a president. At times people don&39;t know that that is a constitutional right. They want to take decisions on behalf of the president, at times. Including some in the media, not everyone. You may not know why I took that decision, you might get very good reasons why. But if you don&39;t know, you will speculate on the basis of what you see, there may be very serious reasons. So what I&39;m saying, if we interact you don&39;t interpret Zuma as he walks there, you interpret him from knowing that this how he thinks," the president told the journalists.