14 July 2015 - NW2532
Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Police
(1)Did (a) he or (b) any official from his department authorise the use of the Presidential Protection Unit for the transportation of any (a) delegates, (b) diplomats or (c) Heads of State during the African Union Summit in Johannesburg between 10 and 15 June 2015; if so, which delegates, diplomats or Heads of State made use of the unit for this purpose; (2) if the unit was utilised for the purpose of transporting any such delegates, diplomats or Heads of State, (a) on what dates and (b) to and from which locations did the unit transport the specified individuals; (3) on whose authority was the Presidential Protection Unit employed to carry out the transportation of delegates, diplomats or Heads of State during the African Union Summit?
1. Neither the Minister of Police (b) nor any officer from his Department authorized the use of Presidential Protection Service for the transportation of Head of State/Government and former Heads of States/Government during the African Union Summit in Johannesburg between 10 and 15 June 2015.
2. Presidential Protection Service was utilized for the purpose of transporting Heads of State/Government and Former Heads of State/Government (a) from the 10th to the 16th of June 2015 (b) from airports namely WAFB, ORTIA and Lanseria to Head Quarter Hotels and taken to Sandton ICC for the African Union Conference and back to the airports for departure.
3. Presidential Protection Service was authorized by NATJOINTS with a request from DIRCO to carry out the protection of VIP’s during the African Union Summit.