- The Democratic Alliance Gauteng branch has shone the spotlight on the steep cost of protecting Ekurhuleni VIP Unit officers
- The opposition party claims that officers in the Ekurhuleni Metro Police VIP Unit earn over R81 000 a month
- The DA said its a shame that the metro struggles to pay salaries but manages to fork over thousands to protect the elite
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The Democratic Alliance Gauteng branch claims that Ekurhuleni Metro Police VIP Unit officers earn over R81 000 a month.
The opposition party says that it is a cause for concern that staff members are struggling to receive their salaries while the municipality manages to continue funding this massive expense.
Weighing in with its view on the matter, the DA commented on the situation that:
"It is worrying that Ekurhuleni is unable to pay the staff salary increases and have opted to divide the salary increase into two phases, yet they continue to pay skyrocketing salaries for VIP protection officers for politicians and senior management."
The political party had asked citizens to weigh in with their views on the subject. Here are just a few responses to the comment below:
@gaomotlhabane- "What are you doing as the opposition?"
@ThewholeTruthN1- "They are buffed up car guards in suits that think they drive like hooligans cause they have blue lights. Reason number 701 why it feels morally unjust to still pay tax in SA."
@Blixempie555- "R81 000 for what! To make a Governing party high-school dropout feel like somebody."
@peternius- "What are the ruling elite so scared of? Their own electorate maybe?"
@r_africans- "Can you send us an application form please?"
@Pendraig44- "It is insane. Much too much for the job level."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina responded to the crisis by saying that he would divert emergency funding to procure a vaccine from Cuba.
The Interferon alpha-2b vaccine, according to Masina, would help his city in the fight against the outbreak. Masina had made his proposal during a state of the city address earlier in March, just days before South Africa would enter into a lockdown period.
While President Cyril Ramaphosa announced 'immediate, swift and extraordinary action' to save Mzanzi from the pandemic, Masina insisted the answer to the crisis lay in Cuban soil.
Africa Check reports that, while the vaccine has treated symptoms similar to the coronavirus, it would not serve the function the mayor believes it will.
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