Pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pa­nies need reg­u­la­tion – Mbalula

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

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 u Mz­imkhulu 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.–

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