South Africa: SAPS VIP Expenditure Goes Up By 18 Percent to R1.2 Billion While Police Stations Remain Under-Resourced

The SAPS Annual Report for 2015/16 has revealed that actual expenditure on VIP Protection Services went up 18% from R977.9 million in 2014/15 to R1.16 billion in 2015/16.

This exorbitant amount spent on the pampered executive elite, and the increase thereof from last year, is shameful, especially when one takes into account the chronic state of under-resourcing of police stations across South Africa.

The SAPS has been characterised by the four U’s, being under-resourced, under-staffed, under-equipped and under-trained, which have a direct impact on their ability to carry out their mandate of keeping South Africans safe. Not only are there usually too few operational officers at station level, but they are also short of the basic equipment, such as vehicles, radios, and protective gear to carry out their jobs.

This money could have gone a long way to addressing this woeful state of affairs in our police service, one on which millions of South Africans rely to keep them safe.

Source: Democratic Alliance