Parliament ‘White Shirts’ Cost Taxpayers Unnecessary Millions


The latest financial statement of the parliament has revealed an overspending of nothing less than R15 million accumulated on its corporate support services budget. And this is so because of the 37 additional protection services staff members otherwise known as – the white shirts.

In case you’re wondering what white shirt is, they were responsible for the removal of the EFF MPs when they disrupted the 2015 state of the nation address.

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If you recall, Parliament’s rules was amended to permit and empower the white shirts to remove (with force when necessary) MPs who are not conforming to rules and wouldn’t obey the speakers order to leave the chamber of the National Assembly.

City Press reported this discovery stating that “the so-called “white shirts”, who were appointed last year to provide muscle against unruly members of Parliament, have cost taxpayers more than R10 million since August.”

BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that Parliament confirmed that the salaries of the additional staff for protection services were not budgeted for in the financial statement report. But has not disclosed the cost of the appointments.

According to City Press however, “the new appointments cost R10.2 million for the salaries of 37 additional security service personnel from August 1 to the end of the current financial year.”

It was further hinted that the white shirt recruitment was a complicated and shady deal. As related, “Parliament’s head of security services, Zelda Holtzman, was suspended after she, among others, expressed concerns about the recruitment of the SAPS members for Parliament’s protection services.”

Also, “Stembiso Temba, chairperson of the trade union Nehawu at Parliament, said the union was not aware of these costs and that it came as a shock.”

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