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Police say Dlamini-Zuma given VIP protection following threats

The police statement comes after media reports on the continued protection of Dlamini-Zuma, by the PPU despite not being an MP or a cabinet minister.

FILE: Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Police Service says African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma continues to receive VIP protection due to ongoing investigations in relation to threats directed at her.

The police’s statement follows recent media reports on the continued protection of Dlamini-Zuma, by the presidential protection unit (PPU) despite not being a Member of Parliament, or a cabinet minister.

The police's national spokesperson Sally de Beer says in terms of the PPU’s mandate Dlamini-Zuma is the former African Union chairperson and further protection has been approved.

“Protection is provided to the president and the deputy president of the republic of South Africa, former presidents and foreign heads of state and their spouses. The Chairperson of the AU is afforded courtesies given by the department of international relations and corporation, with the status of president, and while serving in that capacity Dr Dlamini-Zuma was provided protection according to this prescript.”

De Beer says for security reasons the South African Police Service can't discuss any details of the security afforded to her.

“The acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, to whom the PPU reports, said for security reasons the SAPS will not discuss or deliberate on any details of security provided to Dr Dlamini-Zuma in relation to the mentioned threat and security assessment.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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