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joburgcityThe Citizen reports that former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa has lashed out at the mayor of Johannesburg, Kabelo Gwamanda, for his surprisingly massive security detail.

Earlier this week reports emerged that Gwamanda had been afforded security comprising officers from the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and different luxury cars such as a BMW, Lexus and Toyota. The revelations came days after the Joburg Council approved a new policy that would see councillors receiving VIP protection based on a risk assessment. “This is insane. No Premier, Minister or MEC has 10 bodyguards, let alone the number of cars for the Joburg Mayor, Speaker or MMCs,” Shilowa pointed out. He called on Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi to intervene. The DA’s Belinda Kayser-Echezeonjoku said it was problematic for the mayor, MMCs and other officials to have extra security because there was no evidence of risk assessments having been done. The Speaker in the Joburg Council, Margret Arnolds, indicated that there were concerns over the safety of councillors since the attack on the Whip of Council Sthembiso Zungu. He was shot during a Rand Water event in the south of Johannesburg earlier this year.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Itumeleng Mafisa at The Citizen

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