RELEASE ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON SAFETY AND SECURITY
state of the Private Security Industry leaves much to be desired. Reports of
private security guards being grossly underpaid serves as an example of the
shortcomings in the industry. It has been nearly a year since calls have been
made to the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee Chairperson to invite the
Security Officers Board (SOB) to brief the Committee. The Chairperson has
invited the SOB, but we have yet to see them.
SOB should regulate industry but is obviously not faring well in that objective.
The reports of security guards receiving as little as R80 a month, as well as
persistent rumours of unregistered private security companies, proves the
woefully inadequate regulation of the industry by the SOB.
Legislation to better regulate the Private Security Industry is expected to be
tabled later this year. There is however no indication yet when this legislation
will be drafted since the role-players, including the SOB, have yet to meet!
Last year the Private Security Industry had a turnover of R15 billion, a billion
rands more than the Police budget for the same year. This is undoubtedly a huge
industry who go about their work unregulated, in the process exploiting people
desperate for work. The size of the industry is directly related to the high
incidence of crime and the fear of many South Africans that Government and the
SAPS are not able to fulfil their constitutional mandate to protect citizens and
Government has a responsibility, to the thousands of people employed by the
industry as well as the countless more citizens who depend on private security,
to intervene and ensure proper governance and business practices triumph.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON: SAFETY AND SECURITY
04 June 2000