Today the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his budget speech announced that there would be an increase in VIP protection services of R 131.8 million.
The DA firmly believes that this expenditure is wrongly prioritised and should instead have been directed to vital crime fighting efforts, such as much needed specialised units.
Increasingly the ANC-led Executive are focusing on themselves, at the expense of the most vulnerable in society. This is evident in this budgetary increase, protection of the Executive instead of the ordinary South African from crime.
Today’s release of the quarterly crime statistics showed that there have been 116 more murders between the first half of 2015/16 and 2016/17, with an alarming 14 113 more drug-related crimes, 1 053 more car jackings and 691 more stock theft cases in the same period.
Today’s budget showed us that the ANC-led government does not care about stopping crime in our communities.
Zakhele Mbhele MP
DA Shadow Minister of Police