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DA calls for SAPS to pay an estimated R24 million in utility bills

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The DA has released a statement calling for the SAPS to pay its exorbitant water and electricity bills, which reportedly amount to more than R24 million.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) took to Twitter on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, to circulate a statement raising alarm over the exorbitant unpaid electricity and water bills accumulated by the South African Police Service (SAPS). According to the statement, the SAPS owes more than R24 million in utilities. The considerable bill was revealed by Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille when the DA asked a question in Parliament.

According to the statement, “This non-payment has already affected service delivery, as last month the Germiston SAPS station was without power for days on end. With crime rates soaring, stations country-wide cannot address serious concerns in their communities with their lights off and equipment not working. We need clarity whether the Department has not paid the account, or whether they have stopped payments due to SAPS not settling their bills.”

The statement squarely placed the blame for gross incompetence on Minister of Police, Bheki Cele and National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole. The DA is now calling for the Department of Police to settle the bills promptly.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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