Nkosazana’s VIP se­cu­rity probed

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THE Of­fice of the Public Pro­tec­tor has con­firmed that it will in­ves­ti­gate for­mer AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for her al­leged abuse of VIP pres­i­den­tial pro­tec­tion ser­vices as a pri­vate cit­i­zen, the DA said yes­ter­day. This fol­lowed the DA’s com­plaint lodged with the public pro­tec­tor’s of­fice on April 18, DA spokesper­son Zakhele Mb­hele said. It was re­cently con­firmed to Par­lia­ment by then act­ing na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Kho­motso Phahlane that Dlamini Zuma con­tin­ued to be pro­tected by the VIP Pres­i­den­tial Pro­tec­tion Unit while she trav­elled around South Africa to cam­paign. “It has now been al­most two months since the Dlamini Zuma VIP scan­dal came to light and there are no in­di­ca­tions that Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula has yet put a stop to it. He is al­low­ing an ob­scene bill to be run up and South Africans know that it is the strug­gling tax­payer who is go­ing to pay for it,” Mb­hele said. Dlamini Zuma was a can­di­date in the ANC lead­er­ship suc­ces­sion race and her use of VIP pres­i­den­tial pro­tec­tion as she cam­paigned was an­other ANC abuse of public money. “Dlamini Zuma sim­ply could not be given pref­er­en­tial VIP pro­tec­tion for ANC party busi­ness at the ex­pense of the public purse. There are crit­i­cal polic­ing re­source prob­lems around the coun­try which need to be fo­cused on, not driv­ing her around.”

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