PRETORIA- National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sithole revealed in a parliamentary reply on July 3 that there were 1‚382 officers in this unit‚ which cost taxpayers R693-million in 2017/18.
This means that there were 81 officers from the police’s Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) for every one of the 17 politicians it protected full-time in 2017/18.
The annual report from the polices 2016-17 figures said that there is one police officer for every 369 South Africans. According former police minister Fikile Mbalula the PPU protected former president Jacob Zuma‚ his deputy at the time and now president‚ Cyril Ramaphosa‚ former presidents FW de Klerk‚ Thabo Mbeki‚ and Kgalema Motlanthe‚ Zuma’s four wives and Ramaphosa’s wife.
Mbalula said the PPU also protected 77 foreign dignitaries.
At the time Mbalula said, “The reasons for protection are based on the outcome of individual threat assessments.”
DA spokesperson on police Zakhele Mbhele was not impressed by the figures, he said, “This is a blatant example of how the lives of the elite matter more to the ANC government than ordinary citizens lives.”
He added “While current and former heads of state and their spouses are safely protected‚ millions of South Africans live in constant fear of being the next victims of violent crime in our country.”
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