- A report has revealed that it cost over R8 million over just six months to accommodate David Mabuza's security personnel
- This steep amount includes meals, transport and incidental costs for 28 police VIP protection officers
- This emerged in a Parliament response penned by Police Minister Bheki Cele
The government has spent R8.39 million on Deputy President David Mabuza's security personnel to fund accommodation in hotels and lodges.
To compound the situation, this amount is solely for the first six months of the national lockdown.
This cost was accumulated between April and September this year and included meals, transport and incidental costs.
HeraldLIVE reports that Police Minister Bheki Cele provided a written Parliamentary breakdown from the budget of the Presidential Protection Service, indicating the following expenditure:
- R6,173,743 for accommodation
- R9,818 for transport
- R883,744 for “incidental” costs
- R1,325,733 for meals
Cele explained that the team used the accommodation for 'protection duties' and that police had been among the essential services workers permitted to travel during lockdown.
The Democratic Alliance's Member of Parliament Manny de Freitas had questioned the Police Minister over why the accommodation came at the expense of taxpayers:
“It's crazy to spend that for one person ... let's rather redirect that money to where we really need it. Why can't they have one or two protectors each."
The response issued revealed that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had spent R8.5 million (2017/2018) between over the course of nearly a year.
The expenditure for the 2019/2020 financial year has climbed up to a staggering R15.8 million under Mabuza's watch.
This news comes at a time when South Africans are coming to term with staggering unemployment rates.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za South Africa's unemployment rate has increased by 7.5 percentage points to 30.8% in the third quarter of 2020.
Statistics South Africa released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey on Thursday, confirming that the number of employed South Africans increased by 543 000 to 14.7 million in comparison to the second quarter of the year.
In addition to this, the report found that unemployment increased by 2.2 million to 6.5 million compared to the second quarter, an increase of 2.8 million (15.1%) in the number of citizens in the workforce.
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