By Michele Clarke MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety:
The DA can confirm that newly appointed Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality Police Chief, Bafana Mahlabe, has approved overtime for nine security officials at an additional 84 hours per month to guard his private home.
Mr Mahlabe already has five guards patrolling his private residence, and the DA has in its possession a letter requesting an additional four.
Amongst their duties, the police chief has tasked the security officers to take his wife to the doctor and to run his children to school on a regular basis.
Insisting that security personnel take care of his domestic affairs is an abuse of public resources and the DA will insist that community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, investigate his conduct as a matter of urgency.
Of further concern are the reasons behind Mr Mahlabe’s need for excessive security: Is he under threat from the public or from political opponents?
It is exactly the risk of this type of behaviour which compelled the DA to question Mr Mahlabe’s fitness to hold office in the first place.
He was never a member of the metro police, his appointment was flawed and the DA believes his lack of policing experience will have a severe impact on the safety of residents.
Mr Mahlabe must be removed from office. Ekurhuleni must appoint a career metro police official who understands policing and fighting crime. If left unchecked, this situation is bound to turn into another Riya Phiyega saga.
The DA caucus in Ekurhuleni will continue to insist on his removal in council and provide all necessary support to the MEC during the investigation into his fitness to hold office.
The DA will continue to fight for Mr Mahlabe’s removal and the appointment of a suitably qualified metro police chief.