2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


PRIVATE SECURITY INDUSTRY

MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
 UDM SPOKESPERSON ON SAFETY AND SECURITY

The 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 their property.

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.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON: SAFETY AND SECURITY

Pretoria
04 June 2000