Tuesday, July 21, 2009

SA Spends More On VIP Protection Than Border Security

Not that we need proof that South Africa has become a nation with a warped sense of priority. It seems that our deluded, arrogant and narcissistic politicians are of the belief that they are so indispensable, that their physical safety supercedes the collective safety of millions of their fellow citizens, whom they are supposed to serve. Or is it that they know they are a fraud, and given half the chance we would rip them limb from limb?

Noting that South Africa spends more on VIP protection than it does on protecting the borders of the country, two Democratic Alliance MPs complained on Monday that someone has stolen the border fence between this country and Lesotho.

David Maynier, who speaks on defence matters for the DA and his deputy, James Lorimer, visited the border in the Golden Gate, Clarens-Fouriesburg area and reported:

"The borderline fence does not – for all practical purposes – exist, with large parts of the fence and many fence poles having been stolen".

They said on Monday that border is wide open, making local residents in the border areas vulnerable to transnational crime – especially stock theft.

Their statement added that the SAPS borderline security unit is ineffective because there are too few borderline police.

"There are approximately 30 police officers to protect 130 kilometres of landward border, that is one policeman for every 4.3km," Maynier said. "The stock theft unit is also ineffective – the unit has three police officers, with 13 vacant posts."

The DA pointed out that residents’ associations have to spend hundreds of thousands of rand each year on borderline security, effectively privatising borderline security on the South Africa/Lesotho border.

"The state of borderline security is shocking and is not restricted to the South Africa/Lesotho border," Maynier said, explaining that he and Lorimer will next visit the Zimbabwe border.

"South Africa’s 4,862 kilometre landward border is protected by just 684 police officers, which is the equivalent of deploying approximately one police officer every seven kilometres of landward border. "

The police plan to spend R380 million on VIP protection services in the current financial year, compared with R225 million on border security.

"The SANDF must urgently be deployed back to protect the borders of South Africa," the two men say.

1 Opinion(s):

Ranger Tom said...

And I thought our border problem was bad.