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Multi-billion security budget: Police struggling to provide services to the public, unroadworthy cars grounded

Tuesday, 9th February, 2021

MBABANE: Police are struggling to provide services to members of the public within the various communities due to the non-availability of cars and other working equipment.

Finance Minister Neal Rijikernberg failed to respond to questions when asked why the security forces were struggling with working equipment despite that Parliament approves a multi-billion budget every year.

 Reached for comments, Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) said police have enough resources to provide security to the royal family and government not the people.

“Police have enough resources to provide security to royalty that’s why citizens like Prince Majaha are arrogant and mocking the people even in their death because they have enough security. The resources are not there when it comes to providing services to the people, police are relaxing in the various police stations waiting for their payday due to the non-availability of working equipment. But once people organize protests and strikes, that’s when you will see that  police have enough resources it’s  just that those resources are reserved to protect royalty” ,he said.

The PUDEMO Secretary General said even Parliament and the National Commissioner of Police William Dlamini cannot give answers on the security budget because no one is allowed to question it or demand accountability on how the monies are spent.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress(NNLC) said government was reserving the few remaining resources to try and prevent the people from demanding democratic reforms because it has collapsed.

“We expect this Tinkhundla government to surrender power to the people and allow political parties to take over because it has collapsed”, said the NNLC President.

Neal Rijikernberg,the Minister of Finance is expected to announce another  multi-billion security budget in his budget speech, Parliament is then expected to endorse it without questioning.

Multi-billion security budget: Police struggling to provide services to the public, unroadworthy cars grounded
An unroadworthy police vehicle