SAPS paid over­time to 62 cops for work at Gupta wed­ding

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - BIANCA CAPAZORIO

SIXTY- TWO po­lice of­fi­cers were paid over­time for their work dur­ing the Gupta wed­ding, Min­is­ter of Po­lice Nathi Mthethwa said in re­sponse to a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion.

Re­spond­ing to the ques­tion by IFP MP Velaphi Ndlovu, re­gard­ing over­time pay­ments to SAPS mem­bers who pro­vided ser­vices dur­ing the three­day wed­ding, Mthethwa said “SAPS fol­lowed process in re­gard to this mat­ter, and 62 mem­bers re­ceived over­time”.

The min­is­ter did not out­line how much this cost, or what work the 62 had done.

His spokesman Zweli Mnisi said he could not pro­vide a to­tal cost of the over­time, but that pay­ments had been made to those of­fi­cers on of­fi­cial po­lice duty, and not those moon­light­ing at the event.

The govern­ment launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Gupta wed­ding af­ter it was found that guests of the fam­ily landed at Waterk­loof Air­force Base in a pri­vate jet. And while the cor­rect per­mis­sions were not granted for the land­ing, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that de­spite ini­tially re­fus­ing to po­lice the event, SAPS were “within their rights to treat the mat­ter as re­quir­ing po­lice in­volve­ment”.

The re­port states that SAPS mem­bers from Gaut­eng and North West were in­volved in the wed­ding. SAPS bor­der con­trol po­lice were also present at the base, and fly­ing squad mem­bers were seen out­side the base.

Sixty-two po­lice of­fi­cers and 31 po­lice ve­hi­cles from Gaut­eng were used for “route se­cu­rity”, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, which also states that “ex­tra-or­di­nary de­ploy­ments were made that ne­ces­si­tated the util­i­sa­tion of mem­bers who were not on duty”.

This, the re­port states, cost R47 000. It is un­clear whether this amount was the to­tal amount paid for over­time.

In to­tal, 194 govern­ment per­son­nel were found to have been in­volved in the event, util­is­ing govern­ment ve­hi­cles. Sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers, as well as metro po­lice of­fi­cers, were also found to be moon­light­ing as pri­vate se­cu­rity.

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