Taxpayers foot enormous bill for security
06 January 2012 | Narda Vermaak
LYDENBURG - A suspended security company, Kilo Delta, seems to be guarding two officials of Thaba Chweu Municipality at their residences in Extension 6 - at an enormous cost to local taxpayers.
According to reliable sources, TCM speaker, Ms Susan Magagula and the MMC for finance and the technical department, Ms Christina Masilela are apparently being 'chaperoned' day and night by this security company, Kilo Delta, from Pelgrim’s Rest.
"TCM has allegedly engaged the services of this company at a cost of approximately
R68 000 per month to guard the councillors and their families.
"As the community of TCM we request the executive mayor, Cllr Moses Marobela, to explain council’s decision to hire security guards at the expense of the taxpayer," the source said.
According to another source, this expenditure had never been presented to council or approved for debate or discussion.
"The decision has not been budgeted for and it remains a mystery how the security company is being compensated for its personal and private expenditures. It appears that certain councillors use taxpayers’ money with no recall," he said. "The Bohlabela (ANC) regional leadership should also explain its role to ensure the safety of its regional executive members (REC). We urge the mayor to terminate the contract with Kilo Delta immediately and let the councillors repay this unbudgeted fruitless expenditure."
According to Mr Themba Sibiya, media relations officer at TCM, the municipality received a letter in which Magagula and Masilela’s lives were threatened.
"Upon investigation by TCM, it was discovered that these threats were real and the councillors’ lives were indeed in danger. Because these threats were of local origin, it was decided not to employ the services of a local company. He confirmed that the protection of the two councillors was not a permanent arrangement and that was why the contract with the security company was on a month-to-month basis until such time that the security risk had been sufficiently addressed.
"The nature of the threats cannot be divulged because it might compromise the security of the individuals," Sibiya said.
He added that the security company in question had no website address except for a mention on the Hot Frog website. No contact number, email address or website register were supplied. All private security companies offering guarding services have to be registered at the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA). Kilo Delta's registration at PSIRA has, according to their website enquiry into company registration, been suspended. Details regarding the suspension could, however, not be disclosed.