South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) party is agitating for the South African Police Service (SAPS) Presidential Protection Unit to direct the millions they want to spend on new presidential vehicles towards creating specialized units.
The agitation follows reports that the Presidential Protection Unit intends to buy new luxury sedans and sports utility vehicles in the service of protecting VIPs.
Reacting to the reports, DA indicated that the Presidential Protection Unit “is shopping for Infiniti QX50 SUVs, which costs R600 000 each, QX70s, valued at around R1 million each and QX80s, priced at a staggering R1.44 million each.”
With that, Maimane’s party contended that the money ought to be used to protect South Africans.
“This is money that should be used to keep South Africans safe, not ensure that Jacob Zuma and his elite are ferried around in luxury.”
Thereafter, the party identified that VIP Protection in the current financial year (2016/17) is already costing South Africans R1.26 billion. Also, they pointed out that VIP Protection cost has increased outrageously by 70.4 percent in four years since 2012/13.
Based on that, the DA argued that it is uncool that the money has not been diverted to better use.
“It is unforgivable that this money has not been diverted to specialized units, such as rural safety units, which the DA has repeatedly called for, to ensure that the millions of South Africans who live in rural areas are protected and feel safe in their own homes,” stated the party.
DA added that it will “keep a sharp eye on the budget” and, vowed to strongly oppose any further funds being diverted to VIP protection services.
“We will not rest until the ANC-led government prioritizes the safety of South Africans over luxury comforts for an executive elite that is more interested in feathering its own nest than working for the forgotten millions in our country,” charged the party.
Earlier today, the party described the luxury cars the Minister and Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources bought for themselves as a slap in the face of the teeming unemployed.
That follows the revelation that Minister Mosebenzi Zwane bought a Mercedes-Benz S400 and Deputy Minister Godfrey Olifant, a Porsche Cayenne.
The Ministers luxury cars were both purchased within the last few months and each cost more than R1.3 million. DA lamented that:
“…The mining industry lost R37 billion in value last year and continues to bleed jobs but the leadership of the DMR seems pleased enough with itself to reward the ministers with cars that far exceed the spending cap imposed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey showed a loss of 17 thousand more mining jobs in the last three months of last year, with a total of 62 thousand jobs being lost over the whole of last year.”
As such, they expressed that it’s ideal for both Ministers to explain to the people of South Africa why they deserve such luxury.