GUARDS POLYGRAPHED

CityPress - - News - Abram Mashego

Six se­cu­rity guards from Reshe­bile Avi­a­tion and Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices who were on duty at the time of the heist have been taken for lie de­tec­tor tests.

City Press has learnt from three sources fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that the six, who were am­bushed and or­dered to lie on the ground by the rob­bers, had been sub­jected to poly­graph tests to es­tab­lish whether they were part of the gang that stole the mil­lions.

“Our per­mits were con­fis­cated and we were taken to Bona Fide Poly­graph SA of­fices, where we were in­ter­ro­gated while con­nected to a poly­graph ma­chine,” said a guard who asked to re­main anony­mous.

The tests were con­ducted us­ing a mul­ti­chan­nel com­put­erised poly­graph in­stru­ment mea­sur­ing res­pi­ra­tion, psy­chogal­vanic skin re­sponse, rel­a­tive blood pres­sure and pulse.

The se­cu­rity of­fi­cer said that, al­though he was un­com­fort­able with the tests as he was still shocked after the event, he felt that they had been badly treated as of­fi­cers from Acsa sur­veil­lance, and he asked why Guard­force em­ploy­ees were not sub­jected to the same process.

“What about the po­lice of­fi­cers who were sup­posed to be on duty? Ev­ery time there is a rob­bery, the of­fi­cers are al­ways ab­sent. Do you think that this is just a co­in­ci­dence?” he asked.

Bona Fide Poly­graph SA yes­ter­day con­firmed that poly­graph tests had been con­ducted.

How­ever, it re­fused to di­vulge the re­sults, say­ing that only the client (Reshe­bile Avi­a­tion and Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices) was at lib­erty to dis­close the re­sults.

City Press has seen a test sam­ple of the poly­graph test. It re­veals that of­fi­cers were sub­jected to ques­tions such as whether they were in­volved in a crime at OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port, if they ever bad debts and whether they had un­der­gone a crim­i­nal record check.

Re­sha­bile also made head­lines when it was dis­cov­ered one of its of­fi­cers as­sisted with the smug­gling of dagga and co­caine to Heathrow air­port.

There have also been sev­eral se­cu­rity breaches un­der Re­sha­bile’s watch where trav­ellers have been fol­lowed from the air­port and robbed.

The com­pany has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

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