The Democratic Alliance (DA) has spoken against former African Union chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s personal use of the presidential protection unit requesting that police minister Fikile Mbalula account for this break in protocol.
DA’s shadow minister of police, Zakhele Mbhele, says he will present a list of questions before the current minister, which she expects to have answered as soon as possible.
“I believe this is urgent as every day that passes racks up further expense for the public on an ANC official who does not deserve Presidential Protection”, said Mbhele.
Dlamini-Zuma’s use of the presidential protection unit was confirmed, after weeks of speculation, by acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.
The DA has stated that apart from the obvious failure of the police minister and the wastefulness of funds, it has arisen that other prominent political leaders have gone without protection for extended periods of time, often risking their own lives.
“One such unprotected leader is the SACP’s second deputy general secretary, Solly Mapaila, who had a gun pointed at him at a ceremony to commemorate Chris Hani recently, without the Presidential Protection Services being rolled out for him”, said Mbhele.
The DA will attempt to find out on what basis Dlamini-Zuma has been allowed to use the presidential protection unit for close to a month and who authorised the use of the unit for an ordinary party official.