SA taxpayers coughs up R50k a month for NW MEC's security detail

SA taxpayers coughs up R50k a month for NW MEC's security detail

- Amid South Africa's economic crisis, some MEC's continue to live a financially care-free life

- North West MEC Hoffman Galeng enjoys security detail worth R50 000 a month at a home he doesn't permanently reside in

- The MEC is also accused of using a state vehicle for private matters, but this allegation is denied

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According to reports, the social development department of the North West is spending R50 000 a month on 24-hour security detail for Hoffman Galeng.

Galeng has 4 security guards that work 2 per shift at his home in Vryburg every day. Why Galeng need these guards is unclear because he normally stays at his home in Mahikeng.

Galeng's security detail comes from a company that has contracts to protect governmental buildings.

If this protection continues, the department would have spent roughly R650 000 on protecting Galeng's house by the end of October.

When asked about this protection, the department didn't say if the right procedures were followed to procure the security guards, according to a report by TimesLIVE.

A reason for the guards was not supplied either.

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Galeng became MEC when he was appointed by former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo in August 2017. The security detail has been at his house since then.

According to an ex-MEC and chairperson of Scopa (standing committee on public accounts ), this is irregular.

Since Galeng does not live at his Vryburg home regularly, the protection shouldn't be assigned there.

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The security is not the only perk Galeng seems to be enjoying. The MEC is apparently also in possession of a state vehicle that was assigned to his office in Mahikeng that he uses for personal reasons.

Departmental spokesperson Petrus Siko denies this allegation.

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