Tag Archives | VIP protection

If Mbete will not, Mbalula must provide protection for Dr Khoza

The DA will write to Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, to request that he provide VIP Protection to Public Service and Administration Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Dr Makhosi Khoza, given that National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, has ignored calls for assistance and intervention after Dr Khoza received death threats. ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, has written to…

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NDZ “VIP” protection: Mbalula must urgently account to Parliament

Yesterday, Acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, confirmed to Parliament that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who holds no office in South Africa’s government, continues to receive protection from the Presidential Protection unit while she travels around the country to campaign within the ANC. Now almost a month since the Dlamini-Zuma “VIP” scandal was exposed, Minister Fikile Mbalula…

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VIP protection for NDZ: Mbalula must answer to Parliament about “threats”

The DA condemns, as an appalling abuse of police resources, the ongoing VIP protection afforded to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Ms Dlamini-Zuma holds no position in South Africa’s government and is not a visiting head of state. She is, at present, just an ANC party official. The SAPS in a statement argued that Dlamini-Zuma has received “threats,”…

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Budget 2017: Executive protects itself over the victims of crime

Today the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his budget speech announced that there would be an increase in VIP protection services of R 131.8 million. The DA firmly believes that this expenditure is wrongly prioritised and should instead have been directed to vital crime fighting efforts, such as much needed specialised units. Increasingly the…

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Zuma involved in another blue light brigade crash

Reports  that the President’s convoy was involved in an accident on the M4 in eThekwini yesterday are cause for concern and raise questions about the impunity with which VIP protection units conduct themselves on our roads. As such the DA will request that the acting National Police Commissioner, Kgomotso Phahlane, conducts a swift investigation into…

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Money spent on VIP protection could fund 69 units to combat gang and drug crime

While police stations across South Africa continue to suffer from a lack of resources and under-staffing, in the 2014/15 financial year almost R1 billion was spent on VIP protection. This makes it clear that the ANC government is not prioritising fighting crime, but rather protecting and feathering the nests of President Zuma’s bloated Executive. This…

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Nene must introduce cap on VIP protection expenditure

The DA will seek a meeting with both the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, and Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, to discuss the possibility of introducing a cap on VIP protection expenditure for President Jacob Zuma, his cabinet, provincial MECs and other VIPs. I will make formal submissions to both Ministers urging them to tighten…

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