Blue light transportation costs hampers struggling police

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 27, 2014

South Africa’s embattled national police detective service has lost in the region of R30-million on transporting President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet under VIP guard this year alone.

According to an article by CityPress, some R75-million has so far been redirected towards VIP protection and that three times as many guards provide protection to Zuma, his cabinet, provincial MEC’s and other VIP’s, than on the country’s borders.

The paper also reports that a total of 5 374 officers are entrusted to provide protection to the president, his deputies, other dignitaries, 74 national as well as 126 provincial and 81 foreign dignitaries, 42 government installations and 90 VIP residences.

Following Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s mid-term budget report last week, it was revealed that a further R44.7-million, billed as “incorrectly classified” during former Minister Pravin Gordhan’s national budget speech earlier this year, would be transferred from the detective service to blue light protection.

The announcement comes after Defence Secretary, Dr Sam Gulube, had told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee, hours before Nhlanhla’s speech, that the county lacked presence in nine infantry companies on border patrol, totalling 1 300 soldiers.

 

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