Tweeps gobsmacked: 1338 bodyguards for 17 officials, only 1 policeman per 628 people in Nyanga

Tweeps gobsmacked: 1338 bodyguards for 17 officials, only 1 policeman per 628 people in Nyanga

- South Africa's president and government officials enjoy high-level security while ordinary citizens are to be protected by the understaffed SAPS

- The president has 81 bodyguards watching him every day and it is costing South Africans millions every year

- Disgruntled South Africans took to social media to voice their complaints about the matter

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It was recently revealed that South African taxpayers fund millions spent on bodyguards to keep parliament members safe. reported earlier that the Presidential Protection Unit is tasked with keeping the president, his wife and other dignitaries safe. The unit cost SA taxpayers more than R600 million in the last year.

The Democratic Alliance was unimpressed with these numbers and shared their dismay with fellow South Africans on Twitter:

South Africans responded to the news with their own opinions. Many are disappointed in the ANC.

Lindelani Ndlovu - I suppose if you're not entirely doing right towards your people you feel the need to protect yourself. It's only logical.
Vuyelwa - These politicians are just a bunch of selfish people who are in it to enrich themselves and their extended families. @MYANC will have a shock at the next elections.
Buffalo man - While police stations are understaffed and crime out of control.
EyamaNgwane - I honestly don't get what they need protection from?! Has there ever been an attempt on any official's life? From an ordinary disgruntled citizen? Maybe they expect us to be up in arms given all the looting.

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