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Eastern Cape's ANC chief whip Sicelo Gqobana yesterday expressed concern over theft and burglary in the provincial legislature.
He said that crime was getting out of hand and needed urgent attention. The chief whip raised his concern following the recent theft of computers at the legislature.
Gqobana said police should account to the speaker of the provincial legislature on the issue.
"I do not understand how this is happening when we have the police VIP protection members at all the entry points to the building."
He said he was worried that the effectiveness of the police in dealing with crime within the legislature was not adequate.
"Theft first manifested itself here in the legislature some years ago when things were stolen. When we raised concern, it stopped.
"We have even witnessed the slaughter of a goat within the premises of the legislature in the past," Gqobana added.
Provincial Department of Safety and Security spokesman Ncedo Kumbaca said the VIP protection unit accounts to the national office of the South African Police Service.
But he said politicians who are not happy with the effectiveness of the VIP protection unit must raise the issue with the commander of the unit.
"Those who are concerned about crime should also write to the provincial MEC for safety and security Thobile Mhlahlo," said Kumbaca.
"There must not be any lack of trust and we must engage one another to see how best we can improve and ensure that we do not experience such problems in future."