Reports that presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is getting special treatment have pushed her in the terminating line with political gatherings requesting a clarification for her VIP assurance.
The previous African Union seat’s notoriety has been spoiled by outrage since her arrival to South African governmental issues in March.
Dlamini-Zuma’s affirmed special treatment has brought about the Congress of the People laying charges of mishandle of energy against Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Sunday.
Party representative Dennis Bloem said the charges identified with the police’s offer of a VIP assurance administration to Dlamini-Zuma.
“We feel that the priest has abused this presidential insurance unit’s order. He should go and answer inquiries in court.”
The DA said it would keep in touch with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to ask that she earnestly researches the utilization of state assets to give insurance to Dlamini-Zuma in spite of holding no position that would legitimize her assurance.
The DA’s Zakhele Mbhele said the Sunday Times’ report make it clear that there are spurious “security threats” on which Mbalula, is relying to justify this protection.
The newspaper reported that Dlamini-Zuma was afforded VIP protection after an alleged robbery attempt near a boutique hotel in Houghton, Johannesburg. However, neither the manager of the 10 2nd Avenue hotel nor a security guard on the premises knew anything about the incident.
“Indeed, it is clear that she was receiving VIP protection prior to her arrival at the hotel where the supposed ‘threat’ occurred. The fact that he [Mbalula] will not come out and make clear the true basis of these supposed threats make us increasingly concerned that there is an abuse of state resources at play.”
National police spokesperson Major General Sally de Beer said in a statement that Dlamini-Zuma continues to receive protection from the Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) fully in accordance with their mandate and prescripts, informed by a threat and security assessment.
She refused to divulge more on the alleged security assessment.
Attack on education
On Friday, Dlamini-Zuma made a controversial statement that learners at former Model C schools are “taught against the ANC”.
“It’s not surprising that kids will think the ANC is corrupt‚ [or that the] ANC is useless because this is what they are fed at school.”
She alleged that some universities, such as the University of the Witwatersrand, refused to allow their students to call South Africa a democracy.
She claimed most schools would only say there is democracy and freedom in South Africa once another party took over.
Reacting to her statement, the DA said Dlamini-Zuma’s comments can only be interpreted as a direct attack on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, “since it’s the minister’s job to ensure that the curriculum is appropriate and that schools are not politicised.
The DA’s Gavin Davis said it was incumbent on Motshekga to set Dlamini-Zuma straight on what is being taught in South African classrooms.
“If the Minister happens to agree with Dlamini-Zuma, then she needs to explain how she has allowed public schools to become a hotbed of anti-ANC sentiment under her watch.”
Dlamini-Zuma’s Twitter feed raised eyebrows after a tweet dismissing Save SA’s march for Zuma to step down.
Dlamini-Zuma claimed that the tweet sent from her verified account was a fake.
“I am aware of a fake tweet doing rounds purportedly coming from my account. The source of this is currently being investigated,” said the apparent contender for the presidency in 2019.
Before it was swiftly removed, the tweet read: “… this is what they protecting… hence some of us not part of this rubbish… they must join us for the march for our land they stole”.