Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Taxpayers fork out R886 000 for Malema’s guards

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema cost taxpayers more than R886 000 for police bodyguards, it emerged on Tuesday.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question by Pieter Groenewald of the Freedom Front Plus, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the VIP protection was provided from October 23 last year to October 11 this year.

Two close protectors at a time were provided, and the cost totalled R886 668,54, he said.

In a statement issued later, Groenewald said taxpayers and ordinary citizens had to fork out millions of rands annually to ensure their own private security and safety.

It could rightfully be asked what the exception was in Malema’s case that the police had to provide him with the security of two bodyguards. Malema did not hold any public office and it was strange that, when he had still “been in the good books” of President Jacob Zuma, he had been given this kind of protection.

Now that Malema had “fallen in disfavour”, his safety was certainly in greater danger, but the protection was removed. It proved that Malema’s safety had never been in any danger, but that it had rather “elevated his status” to have two police guards.

Groenewald said the ANCYL should pay the money back to the state. — Sapa

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

‘The children cannot cope any more’: Suicide in Calvinia highlights...

How Covid-19 has intensified the physical and emotional burdens placed on children’s shoulders.

Capitec Bank flies high above Viceroy’s arrow

The bank took a knock after being labelled a loan shark by the short seller, but this has not stymied its growth

More top stories

If the inflation-driving supply strain in the US lasts, it...

In South Africa, a strong trade surplus, buoyed by robust commodity prices, will cushion our economy against pressure arising from US policy

Covid-19: No vaccine booster shots needed yet

Scientists agree it is important to get most of the population vaccinated before giving booster jabs

The convenient myth of an Africa spared from Covid-19

There are few, if any, studies to support Pfizer chief executive’s assertion that the global south would be more vaccine-hesitant than the north
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×