Cope lays criminal charges against Mbalula

Cope national spokesman Dennis Bloem Picture: Times Live

THE Congress of the People (Cope) will be laying crminal charges against newly appointed Police Minister Fikile Mbalula today at the Garsfontein Police Station in Pretoria, national police spokesman Dennis Bloem said.

This was after former African Union chairwoman Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was allegedly provided with the presidential protection unit (PPU). “In terms of the PPU’s mandate protection is provided to the president and deputy president of SA, former presidents, foreign heads of state and their spouses.On April 13, Dlamini-Zuma was driven and escorted to an ANC meeting in Sasolburg in the Free State by the (PPU). Dr Dlamini-Zuma does not fall in this category of people,” Bloem said.

He said she was only the chairwoman of the African Union and not a president of any state, and therefore did not qualify for a presidential treatment. “In the light of these serious violations of the law. In our view the (Mbalula) has acted illegally and against the mandate of the PPU. This is a blatant abuse of the state resources and also an abuse of taxpayers’ money. We therefore view this as a serious criminal offence,” he said. Bloem urged the police to hand over this investigation to the Hawks.

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