- Speaking at the Cape Town Press Club, Mmusi Maimane claimed that his wife only received help from SAPS after they recognized her
- He said the police service has a chronic problem of only providing adequate service to people with connections in high places
- He called for SAPS to be decentralized and for provinces to have more policing power
The DA leader has said that you have to be "politically connected" in order to get help from the police.
He was referring to an incident where his wife Natalie attempted to report a stolen handbag last year. He says she went from one police station to another but did not receive assistance. Maimane says that his wife only received adequate service once a police officer saw her ID and recognized her as the wife of the opposition leader.
"No one should get services in this country because of political connections or because they know someone, " Maimane told the Cape Town Press Club.
He made the comments alongside a call to decentralize the SAPS and hand over more policing power to provinces.
The Press Club event was yet another stop on a listening tour that has seen Maimane criss-crossing the country. He has also campaigned in the Eastern Cape, led a march in Johannesburg and visited Parliament with Banyana Banyana.
He has been spreading the DA's message that it would right some of the mistakes of the ruling party, such as SAPS's special treatment for politically connected individuals.
"I laugh about it‚ but it is an injustice of our country," Maimane said.
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