Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Malema’s guards cost over R886 000
09 November 2010, 00:11
ANC youth league leader Julius Malema cost taxpayers over R886 000 for police bodyguards, it emerged on Tuesday.
In written reply to a parliamentary question by Pieter Groenewald of the Freedom Front Plus, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the VIP protection was provided from October 23, 2009 to October 11, 2010.
Two close protectors at a time were provided, and the cost totalled R886 668.54, he said.
In a statement later, Groenewald said taxpayers and ordinary citizens had to fork out millions of rand annually to ensure their own private security and safety.
It could rightfully be asked what
the exception was in Malema's case that the police had to provide him with the security of two bodyguards. Malema did not hold any public office and it was strange that, when he had still “been in the good books” of President Jacob Zuma, he had been given this kind of protection.
Now that Malema had “fallen in disfavour”, his safety was certainly in greater danger, but the protection was removed. It proved that Malema's safety had never been in any danger, but that it had rather “elevated his status” to have two police guards.
The ANC youth league should pay the money back to the state, Groenewald said. - Sapa
Comments by Sonny
Yes, we are paying for his foul mouth.......!