Thank you very much, hon Speaker. Hon members, I did not perform any official duties between 23 December 2012 and 4 January 2013. Two weeks ago, during the debate on the state of the nation address in this House, the hon Maynier stated that he would be asking me a question regarding my holiday in the Seychelles. Although he has not from the outset asked that specific question, I wish to alleviate his anxiety and respond to it.
In terms of government policy duly adopted by Cabinet, transport for the Deputy President, whether for official or private purposes, is the responsibility of the state. The state also has a duty to provide security for the Deputy President at all times, whether he is engaged in official duties or he is on leave. This policy was reaffirmed by Cabinet on 20 March 2007.
All matters pertaining to the transport and security of the Deputy President are handled by the competent state organs. The SA Police Service is responsible for security, including ground transport, while the SA National Defence Force is responsible for air transport. The Deputy President has no role whatsoever in the planning and carrying out of operations concerning his own transport and security. These matters, including deployment of personnel and equipment, as well as related costs, are managed by the competent state organs. I thank you for your attention. [Applause.]