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Zuma's security is sufficient and on a par with other former Heads of States |Cele.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The police ministry has dismissed demands from the uMkhonto seSizwe Party (MKP) for more VIP protection for former president Jacob Zuma.

This follows a dramatic car crash shortly before 9pm on Thursday night on a road in Eshowe, Kwazulu-Natal.

Police ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said they have noted the calls and demands for police minister Bheki Cele to be 'questioned on the security details' of Zuma.

"Following a thorough briefing to the ministry by the management of the South African Police Services (SAPS) the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele is satisfied that the current security deployed for the protection of Zuma is sufficient and on a par with other former Heads of States.

"The ministry finds the call made by the UMkhonto We Sizwe party spokesperson, Nhlamulo Ndlela; for the Minister of Police to be 'questioned on Jacob Zuma's security details' reckless and out of order," Themba said

Themba said the ministry and Saps will not be divulging any security details of any current or former head of state of the republic of South Africa.

Police spokeswoman Brigadier Athlenda Mathe confirmed the 51-year-old man's arrest on Friday, 29 March in connection with accident. 

Zuma's car crash happened on Thursday night, 28 March, while his convoy was driving from his home in Nkandla to Eshowe. 

It's alleged that the car of a drunken man collided with Zuma's vehicle, and he and his bodyguards were not harmed. 

"Police have arrested a 51-year-old man for drunken driving and he faces a charge of reckless driving and negligence driving. The man’s motor vehicle collided with former president Jacob Zuma’s official armoured state vehicle," she said.

Mathe said at the time of the collision, Zuma was in the vehicle with his protectors. 

"The man is expected to appear before the Eshowe Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 2 April," she said. 

Zuma is number one on the list of his party. Jabulani Khumalo, who registered the party last year, is number two on the list.

He has been talking about getting two-thirds in the elections, but opinion polls have put the African National Congress (ANC) at below 50%.