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presidencyBusinessLive reports that there were 81 officers from the police’s Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) for every one of the 17 politicians it protected full-time in 2017-18.  

National police commissioner Gen Khehla Sithole revealed in a parliamentary reply on 3 July that there were 1‚382 officers in this unit‚ which cost taxpayers R693m in 2017-18.  According to the police’s 2016-17 annual report‚ there was one police officer for every 369 South Africans.  Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson on police Zakhele Mbhele said:  “This is a blatant example of how the lives of the elite matter more to the ANC government than ordinary citizens lives.  While current and former heads of state and their spouses are safely protected‚ millions of South Africans live in constant fear of being the next victims of violent crime in our country.”  Mbhele pointed out that in Nyanga in the Western Cape, the police to population ratio in 2018 was estimated at one police officer to every 628 residents.

  • Read this report by Nico Gous in full at BusinessLive
  • Read the DA’s press statement in this regard at Politicsweb

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