Johannesburg - There have been more than a dozen security breaches at Cabinet's Bryntirion Estate in Pretoria and at Parliament, despite safety measures costing the taxpayer just under R1bn in the last financial year, City Press reported on Sunday.
More than R400m was spent on VIP protection and about R560m on static and mobile security for 25 government buildings and 76 presidential and national ministerial residences. The amount was spent between April last year and March this year.
The figures are contained in the police's 2009/10 annual report.
In one of the four cases at Bryntirion, floodlights were stolen from President Jacob Zuma's presidential guesthouse between April and June last year. The other cases involved housebreaking and theft of two computers, a keyboard, two monitors and copper cables. There were another six security breaches at the parliamentary precinct in Cape Town.
Eighteen people had been arrested, with nine of the cases having been finalised.
Bryntirion Estate, a national key point, was established in 1903.
In the current financial year a total of R1.07bn has been budgeted for VIP protection and security guards.