SA cabinet's bodyguards outnumber guards at border gates: Maimane

The number of bodyguards employed to protect the members of President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet exceeded the number of security personnel manning the country’s border gates, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Saturday. Photo: eNCA / Erin Bates

PIETERMARITZBURG - The number of bodyguards employed to protect the members of President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet exceeded the number of security personnel manning the country’s border gates, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Saturday.

“Today there is more VIP security for Cabinet members than there are security personnel manning our border gates,” Maimane told some 200 DA supporters in Eastwood, Pietermaritzburg.

The Democratic Alliance leader said the country had experienced a spectacular decline ever since Zuma had become president six years ago.

Citing rampant unemployment, he said the ANC had failed the country’s youth and urged the packed hall to help to punish the ruling party at the polls.

“When Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki were in power the country South Africa was going forward, leading in many aspects, but since Zuma (took office) we have suddenly taken a U-turn with massive unemployment among young people,” he said.

He urged party members to continue pushing for service delivery, quality education and a society free of corruption.

“The greatest crime by the ANC is not Nkandla but the education that is delivered to our youth, where teachers report for duty when they feel like because they enjoy the protection of unions,” he said.

He also decried the gap between ruling party’s leaders and the average South African.

“When travelling to Nkandla you would think you are in Sandton, yet when you go to townships where our people live you still find potholes and there is no urgency to attend to them. This will change under the DA government.”

Maimane praised the conduct of the police who had provided security to him throughout the day as he addressed supporters in KwaZulu-Natal, saying they had shown how efficient the police force could be.

KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango said they were happy with the response the party was getting in the province.

Maimane’s visit to Pietermaritzburg was the third stop of his launch of the DA’s Vision 2029 tour in KwaZulu-Natal.

Earlier in the day he addressed party members in Durban’s Inanda township and held a community meeting in Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

He was also expected to address a community meeting in Durban on Sunday as well as another in the small town of Illovo in the province’s sugar belt.

African News Agency

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