- A R32 million security upgrade was done to the parliamentary villages six years ago and have since been found to be faulty
- DA MP Madeleine Hicklin found that some of the alarm signals were not reaching the police and took the matter up with Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
- De Lille has since assured Hicklin that the issue is being taken care of and that R24 million has been set aside for it
Six years ago a R32 million security upgrade was done to parliamentary villages, however, the systems have failed. It was recently found that not all the alarms are functioning as they should.
DA MP Madeleine Hicklin made the finding, making it known that not all alarm systems actually signal the police, they are duds. She took the matter up with Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille.
The issue was uncovered when SAPS Rondebosch were blamed for not relaying signals from intruder alarms to its site office at Groote Schuur Estate, and they reported not having received any signals. It was then that Hicklin investigated further.
Hicklin wrote to de Lille, asking what had happened and why the systems were not properly checked. De Lille explained in a written response that there was an error when reinstalling the systems as they were old.
“The challenge, however, was the ageing infrastructure at SAPS Rondebosch static protection service, where not all intruder alarms reported the signal to the SAPS site office at Groote Schuur Estate.”
De Lille assured Hicklin that the department was attending to the issue.
“The department is currently attending to these challenges and will resolve the intruder alarm and signal under the current MP maintenance project.”
A R24 million budget has been set aside by De Lille’s department to ensure the safety measures are maintained properly.
Briefly News previously reported that the drama surrounding the R37 million project to secure the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe has escalated. Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has called for a probe into the project initiated as part of her department's response to the Covid-19 crisis.
De Lille has asked auditor-general Kimi Makwetu to conduct an urgent, independent audit into the situation:
“In the spirit of transparency and accountability, I am asking the auditor-general to immediately commence with an external audit of the process followed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure in terms of the 40km Beitbridge border fence project."
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