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On top of 441 SANDF officers, Gauteng Traffic Police and motorbikes flown down for SONA

Feb 8, 2017
On top of 441 SANDF officers, Gauteng Traffic Police and motorbikes flown down for SONA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday calimed that it has been "reliably" informed that the Gauteng Provincial Traffic Police will be sending 20 officers and 18 motorbikes to strengthen the state authority presence at the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday.

"This comes at a time in which President Jacob Zuma has requested 441 SANDF officers to assist in maintaining 'law and order'," said John Moodey MPL, DA Gauteng Provincial Leader.

"It begs the question as to why these provincial traffic police, which should be serving on Gauteng’s many freeways, have been moved out of the province to assist with the SONA.

"The Western Cape and the City of Cape Town are fully capacitated to manage SONA with their provincial traffic police and metro police officers."

Moodey said that Gauteng Premier David Makhura must explain "this sudden and bizarre move, which is not only a waste of valuable public money but denies residents the safety and security they are entitled to on our provincial roads".

"Once again, Premier Makhura has shown himself to be no more than a servant of Luthuli House – and not one to the people of Gauteng," he said.