VIP protection, but no service delivery in Joburg

Issued by Cllr Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku – DA Johannesburg Caucus Leader
28 Mar 2024 in Press Statements

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Johannesburg strongly rejects and condemns the illegal VIP Protection Policy of the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) executive.

The ANC-EFF-PA-AL Jamaah Coalition of Chaos continues to fail on service delivery, and proves daily that they are incapable of pulling Joburg out of the deep hole they have put it in. Now, those responsible for the failing city, say they are looking for protection from the people they are supposed to serve.

The Policy on Protection and Security for VIP Risk Management System proposed by the Government of Local Unity (GLU), or as we know them, the Coalition of Chaos, is deeply problematic. Beyond the astronomical cost of the policy, it is unlawful. The policy they brought violates the Constitutional Upper Limits for Public office bearers and the Standing rules and orders of Council, furthermore, any councillor who voted alongside the government of local unity, has broken the law.

There is already a Councillor protection policy that covers all possible recommendations made by the South African Police Service, this new VIP protection policy, as poorly thought through as it is, seems to be yet another example of an overreaching, spendthrift filled executive.

We will be writing to CoGTA, as this policy was declined in committee, but brought to council nonetheless. When an executive has demonstrated that they are willing to flout both laws and rules of council to enrich cadres, we can only assume that this yet another example of exactly that.

We are committed to ensuring the transparent, and responsible expenditure of government funds. The Coalition of Chaos will be held to account, they are not unsafe, just fiscally irresponsible.