By Michele Clarke MPL DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Benoni:
A total of nine ANC Councillors and two Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) in Ekurhuleni are receiving 24-hour protection by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD), whereas these resources should be directed to service the residents of the metro.
In a situation where there is an imminent threat to the life of a Councillor or MMC, this is common practice.
However, in this instance, there has been no imminent threat posed to these eleven people.
According to the Deputy Chief of Police in Ekurhuleni, Mr U Naidoo, in reply to a written question to the Department of Community Safety, this protection was deemed necessary due to the increased number of service delivery protests in the metro.
The following Councillors and MMCs are receiving 24 hour protection:
- Cllr MS Madihlaba;
- Cllr VS Mxabangeli;
- Cllr SJ Mabaso;
- Cllr PN kujana;
- Cllr EN Tati;
- Cllr VG Zide;
- Cllr Xakambana;
- Cllr TS Zwane;
- Cllr CN Mabaso;
- MMC A Mxumalo; and
- MMC EV Chauke
While service delivery protests in Gauteng have been on the increase, they are borne out of frustration by communities whose elected public representatives fail to fulfil their constitutional mandate of providing services and improving residents’ quality of life.
By guarding these councillors and MMCs around the clock, service delivery is further negated as EMPD officers, instead of servicing the community at large, are now playing bodyguard to a select few.
These officials should return to regular duties and increase manpower to an already strained metro police force.
The DA will write to MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, and request that she liaise with her colleagues in Ekurhuleni to insist that these bodyguards return to active duty with immediate effect.