Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma VIP Presidential Protection to be investigated

The public protector’s office has confirmed that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s use of the VIP Presidential Protection is to be investigated, this is according to the Democratic Alliance’s spokesman on police matters Zakhele Mbhele.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the former minister of Home Affairs and former chair of the African Union Commission. It is understood that she is President Jacob Zuma’s preferred candidate to succeed him as the President of the African National Congress.

The issue surrounding Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s has been raised previously but then newly appointed police minister, Fikile Mbalula, insisted that reasonable risk existed which warranted the protection.

The Democratic Alliance has since lodged a complaint with the public protector’s office, reportedly on April 18, 2017.

“It was recently confirmed to Parliament by the then Acting National Police Commissioner General Phahlane‚ that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma continued to be protected by the VIP Presidential Protection unit while she travels around South Africa for ANC campaigning.

“It has now been almost two months since the Dlamini-Zuma VIP scandal came to light and there are no indications that Police Minister‚ Fikile Mbalula‚ has yet put a stop to it. He is allowing an obscene bill to run up and South Africans know that it is the struggling taxpayer who is going to pay for it.

“NDZ [Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma] simply cannot be given preferential VIP protection for ANC party business at the expense of the public purse.

“There are critical policing resource problems around the country which need to be focused on. Some of these problems include building more police stations and satellite police stations‚ capitating Family and Child Services (FCS) units and reducing the backlog at forensic labs with more equipment and personnel.

“The NDZ VIP scandal shows that the ANC chooses to protect their own leaders instead of protecting the citizens they are supposed to serve from the criminal threats on our streets and in their homes every day. The DA looks forward to a thorough and swift Public Protector investigation‚” Zakhele Mbhele said.

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