Parliament has spent almost R84 000 on purchasing bulletproof vests for its so-called bouncers, whose main role is to remove unruly MPs from the House.
It is unclear why they would require such protection because all they appear to do is to push out Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs.
An invoice, seen by City Press, describes the 40 items ordered on October 5 as protective gear for chamber support officers, with “bulletproof vests” in brackets.
The purchase order also reveals that the items would be needed by November 4 – two days after President Jacob Zuma’s scheduled appearance in the National Assembly for his last question-and-answer session for the year.
According to the latest parliamentary programme, Zuma will answer MPs’ questions on November 2 in the National Assembly and appear at the National Council of Provinces twice after that – on November 9 to answer questions, and on November 23 for his annual address.
Parliament did not respond to requests for comment, despite promising to do so. Read more