Private security companies need regulation – Mbalula
South Africa’s numerous private security companies posed a danger to society and were in urgent need of regulation, police minister Fikile Mbalula said yesterday.
“These companies pose a danger to society and their strong regulation is required,” said Mbalula.
A Bill to this effect was awaiting the signature of President Jacob Zuma, he said.
“This Bill will go a long way in addressing many of the related challenges.
“Criminals have found a loophole in having access to weapons through registering security companies in South Africa. The private security industry regulatory authority, which is under my ministry, has been instructed to do a nationwide audit of the security companies that offer close protection services, also called bodyguards.”
Mbalula said the nationwide audit of private security companies would include data collection and ensuring compliance with the law. Companies found wanting would lose their operating licences.
A recent video that was circulated showing two private security guards brandishing guns and making death threats was an indictment on the private security industry.
Addressing political killings in the province, Mbalula said specialised policing unit the Hawks had been instructed to “literally invade the uMzimkhulu municipality and turn it upside down”.
The municipality was the workplace of former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa. He was a PR councillor when he was gunned down along with two colleagues in July. Magaqa died of his wounds this month, but both his colleagues survived. Allegations have been made that Magaqa was targeted because he had uncovered tender corruption.– ANA