Afriforum wants Malema VIP protection answers

2009-11-10 11:36

Civil rights group AfriForum will send a letter to Police Minister

Nathi Mthethwa today to request an explanation for youth league leader Julius

Malema’s costly police protection.

“According to the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, any

person or persons affected by the administrative actions of anyone in a

decision-making capacity, may apply in writing to be informed about the reasons

for such a decision,” said AfriForum lawyer Willie Spies.

“If the reasons provided are deemed to be inadequate, the applicant

may then submit a revision application against the decision to the Supreme

Court,” he said.

Spies said the tax-paying public had a right to know why the leader

of the African National Congress Youth League needed state-funded VIP


“Mr Malema not even is a public official. Last year, the VIP

protection of the Cope leader Mr Mosiuoa Lekota was terminated with immediate

effect when he resigned as MP and minister,” said Spies.

“In addition, the average South African has to get by on a daily

basis without any kind of protection, while being in peril of life due to the

high levels of violent crime in their homes and places of employment.”

As soon as the minister replies, AfriForum will decide whether to

apply for a judicial review of the Malema decision.

Weekend media reports suggested his VIP protection would cost in

the region of R300 000 per month.

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