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New laws could mean the end of private security as we know it in SA: report

New laws could mean the end of private security as we know it in SA: report

State Security Minister David Mahlobo raised eyebrows when he delivered his budget in parliament on Tuesday, stating that “there were agents of regime change implementing other countries’ nefarious agendas operating in the country”.

However it was the brief mention of controversial private security laws that are of greater concern, according to political and legal analysts.

This year could see the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill signed into law, if its brief return to the spotlight yesterday in State Security Minister David Mahlobo’s 2017/18 budget vote speech is any indication, notes Legalbrief’s Pam Saxby.

The bill, which was originally assented to in parliament in 2014, disappeared from the spotlight for a number of months after its proposed controversial reforms were met with significant resistance by the private security industry.

“Reiterating government concerns about depending on foreign-owned private security companies to protect the country’s ‘national key points and strategic installations’, the Minister told National Assembly MPs that – once in force – the Bill will be used ‘as a means to ‘secure’ SA’s ‘sovereignty’ and to ‘assist’ in addressing ‘some of the challenges’ entailed,” said Saxby.

Legal issues

According to an analysis by the Daily Maverick, the chief criticism of the new bill centres on the power given to the minister of police to expropriate up to 100% of a foreign-owned security company, and limit foreign ownership of local private security companies to 49%.

In addition, there are concerns that the bill is focused less on legislating the companies and more on regulating them as businesses. This would mean that the sector would be subject to government’s “transformation” strategies and discouraging foreign investment in favour of South African ownership.

Importantly, these clauses would be in violation of South Africa’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation’s (WTOs) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and wold likely see the country’s economy affected elsewhere.

Similar to Mahlobo’s statements on Tuesday, the DM analyst cited then-police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko, who noted that the bill was purely in the interests of national security.

“We are aware that this industry increasingly gathers intelligence which sometimes can compromise national security,” said Nhleko in March 2015.

“Some of these companies have strong links outside the country and it would really be unrealistic not to guard against these potential dangers.

Economic implications

South Africa’s private security industry is massive, with registered security officials outnumbering sworn-in police officers and active soldiers in the army.

According to the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira), there are over 1.87 million registered security officers in South Africa – 490,000 of whom are classified as active.

In comparison, a 2015 study by the IRR found that South Africa’s private security force had quadrupled between 1997 and 2015, from 115,331 registered security officials, to just under 487,000.

The South African police force, meanwhile, has around 153,000 sworn in police officers, while the South African army has only 89,000 active personnel – about half as many people as the private security force.

The introduction of this new bill would see these numbers almost halve, according to Sacci economist Roelof Botha.

Estimating the effects of the bill in the City Press in 2015, Botha highlighted that more than 800,000 jobs across various sectors would be lost, as well as about R133-billion of the country’s GDP.

Botha directly attributed this to a hypothetical 10% drop in South Africa’s exports to the US and to Europe and the assumption that the Americans will kick South Africa out of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) because of the security bill.

Political implications

The private security industry in South Africa is believed to be the largest in the world, highlighted the DA’s Dianne Kohler Barnard upon the shelving of the bill in 2015.

“The Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill aims to regulate the industry by addressing the lack of adequate resources; proper accountability for firearms in possession of its members; security services rendered outside the Republic by South African security companies; and criminality within the private security industry,” she said.

“The previous Minister of Police determined that foreigners working in this industry could rise up like an army and, without a shred of research or evidence, claimed they were a threat to national security.”

“The last minute reintroduction of a clause that restricted foreign ownership of security companies to 49%, also gave full power to the Minister to determine the percentage of expropriation (up to 100%) and control in respect of different categories of the security business

“It is a self-defeating attack on our economy using unproven and unjustified claims against private security companies, especially as the nationalisation debate is being watched by global investors.”


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  • Pfãrè

    Before, The crappy bill. Can they please clean up the crime, which is more like a culture that we have acculturated peacefully and now we accepted it as part of curriculum career.

  • koos

    Ja no well fine.
    This is another domino that must fall before the ANC can do as they want to steal from the more affluent and businesses.

    It will also make it much easier for their votas to get their hand on the white monopoly capital and belongings.

  • Lacrimose Wolfe

    Pre- the ANC, finance sector & mining were the biggest private employers in ZA. Today, private security is the biggest employer – after the bloated and under-performing State. The war continues, it just has better marketing

  • Cheesy 3.0

    The ANC cowards are running scared.

    • Lacrimose Wolfe

      The ANC perpetuates a war of attrition against we, the people. Writing new laws to cover-up their k*k decisions.

  • Roodepoort Rocker

    Collectively around 730 000 people involved in trying to fight crime and not succeeding.
    Clearly crime is totally out of control.

    • Lacrimose Wolfe

      Clearly crime is now normal. From femicide, burnt bodies, 3yr olds and 93 yr olds raped. This govt has remained stubbornly silent, recalcitrant on crime. If you can’t see the numbers, you can’t comment. Yet our President tells the world ” South Africa is safe”. “South Africa is not a violent country”. More people die in ZA every day thru violent crime, roads and disease than the hottest war-zones in the world. My neighbourhood has gone from no fences –> picket fences to now resembling a concentration camp with high walls, barbed wire and electric fencing. Guys are thwarted nightly by neighbourhood watch – bcos cops & armed desponse is not enough any more. Those caught with contraband get bail. DESPITE already having violated parole. We need a 3-strikes law here. Human predators go unscathed. Escaped lions are captured within a week.

      • Riaan

        In (i think Texas) a repeat offender can be classified as an “habitual offender” (even for day to day crimes) and then be sent to jail for life.

        • That would be California, they have the “3 strikes law”. On your third strike it is off to prison for life.

          • Jacob Zupta

            Here the more crime u do the faster u get out.
            Um if u are black thou.

      • Tyke

        And the lions are probably shot!

    • david

      Fighting crime will not solve it, for the most part the police and security are only able to respond to crimes that they witness occurring or are reported to them.
      In order to defeat crime there are base socio-economic issues that need to be addressed.
      Blaming the police and security for not having crystal balls is self defeating.

  • Jean Louw

    I’m sorry, but did this article just use the phrase “just under over 487,000”? What does that even mean? And didn’t you literally just use the statistic of 490,000 in the previous sentence? Who proof reads this stuff?

    • Nick

      “under over” That is a typo. However the 490k (PSIRA) vs 487k (IRR) was 2 separate organizations stats. For comparison purposes i suppose?

    • Jacob Zupta

      zuma proof reads it.

    • Christine Cameron-Dow

      They still haven’t asked me, so expect phrases like that.

  • Jean Louw

    Another thing relating to the article content: if unemployment leads to reckless, desperate and criminal activity as a means for survival, what do you think will happen after you add (according to the article) 800 000 people to that crowd? What more if 245 000 of them were, until recently, at their physical, and militarily skilled peak? What if they were the people that watched you every day, knew when you came and went, knew exactly how many family members they had to protect? Now what happens if that protection is not only gone, but unemployed and desperate?
    Something to think about…..
    Sleep tight, people!

    • Paul Goodwill

      Very good point!

    • Nicholas Zondi

      Good point

    • George Morai

      I understand that most of them are foreigners, so,.don’t worry, we must just make sure they hit the roads and sail the seas back to where they came from. I blame the abusive rich and big businesses in this country who prefer foreigners over locals when employing with an aim of saving money by trampling on labour laws of this country. The breaking of labour and other laws in the private security industry by their bosses also needs to be looked at as this talks to the abuse that carecterises this industry. The proposed changes in security laws can be very 👍if implementation is based on our national safety as this comes first. The economical language like the dropping GDPs, etc that the elite are crying fowl about is just a coat to dress up a dirty agenda of smoothly overthrowing our state. It’s been a sharp pain since 1994 in the hearts of those who thought they would stay in control forever. Such huge private security presence especially foreign ones, was never there.during the apartheid reign. I’ll gladly watch them leaving and our local people grabbing that vacant opportunity because they will have the interest of this country at hearts

      • Gemwolf

        “…most of them are foreigners…” – No. Most of the security officers are South Africans, or at least legal immigrants. The only “foreigners” are the owners or share holders in international companies such as Chubb or ADT. So the people that would be hitting the road would be the investors, and not the actual people on the ground.

        • Gordon

          ADT is actually locally owned since the Fidelity merger.

          • Gemwolf

            Interesting. Didn’t know that. I wonder why/how they are still allowed to trade under the International brand if they are no longer owned by them?

          • Gordon

            Presumably when you pay R2billion you can make up some of the conditions.

          • Jacobus Pienaars

            All I know is when my alarm goes off they actually come and do something. The police does not come and does nothing.

          • Rixxi

            I decided to dispense with them because more than once when my alarm went off they DIDN’T show up, so were no better than the police. After many years I’ve had no cause to regret that decision.

        • Jacques

          No. The private security industry is stuffed choc-a-bloc with Nigerians, Congolese etc. I worked in this industry and other than simple guarding, other countries in Africa are hugely represented in Private security, especially higher level security.

          • Gemwolf

            I.e. legal immigrants?

          • Jacques

            LOL, legal immigrants. When a country has ZERO standards or real barriers as to who they let in or give “legal” status to, and anyone can get refugee status for having a headache, and they make zero effort to repatriate the “illegal” ones, please tell me, what is the qualitative difference between legal immigrants and illegal immigrants?

          • DAVID PEDDLE

            While what you may say is true in the odd security firm operating around the fringes of the law it is most certainly not true of the properly established and run security companies, although I fail to see why foreigners should not do the work.
            Section 23 of the principal Act is hereby amended by—
            (a) the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (a) of the following paragraph:
            “(a) is a citizen of [or has permanent resident status in] South Africa;”;
            (b) the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (d) of the following paragraph:
            “(d) was not found guilty of an offence specified in the Schedule [within a
            period of 10 years immediately before the submission of the
            application to the Authority];”;

          • Jacques

            It is not only true for the odd security firm. The security industry and especially the lower security officer grades have almost no barrier to entry. Specifically the field I operated in, close protection and event security is stuffed with immigrants. It’s an easy job to get, and non citizens and immigrants do not present the problems (labour laws etc) that locals do.

            The issue here, of course is that these operators do gain access to sensitive information, and there is no vetting process in place to ensure that these operators are not, in fact, operators for other governments and parties.

            Albeit that this might be a bit far-fetched, in some scenarios it is a concern. Also, as others have pointed out, if the security industry is highly populated with foreigners, it does present a security risk to the country. Information is too easily disseminated and no real protocols that consider this are in place.

        • George Morai

          Well if that’s the case, Govt needs to be coutious when implementing changes, but everywhere I go I come across guards that barely speak one of our languages except English. Our national security comes first though…

          • MMM

            Ans soon after, this industry will be a total F-up like the rest of the country already F’d-up by your dumb azz government

          • tongue in cheek

            National security has been compromised by Zuma

        • DAVID PEDDLE

          Section 23 of the principal Act is hereby amended by—
          (a) the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (a) of the following paragraph:
          “(a) is a citizen of [or has permanent resident status in] South Africa;”;
          (b) the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (d) of the following paragraph:
          “(d) was not found guilty of an offence specified in the Schedule [within a
          period of 10 years immediately before the submission of the
          application to the Authority];”;

      • morphman

        “interest of this country at hearts” Please they want to do less for more money cause they see their zuma and mps doing this and think they can too!!
        Stupid!!!!!!!!!

      • Bernard Hellberg

        Batty tin-hatty troll

      • tongue in cheek

        “…saving money by trampling…” um, don’t you think logic would dictate that local labour SHOULD be cheaper and more cost effective than “foreigners”? And if they are not, people requiring a service(MARKET DEMAND) will get it elsewhere

    • PabloLeboncelloHotane

      Excellent angle Jean. Unfortunately this minister is a member of political society with poor thinking skills. We need thinkers like you to take charge 🙂

      • Rach

        and his security is paid for by us, the tax payers so what the hell does he care about the man in the street?

    • Gemma Two Scoops

      The Hegelian Dialectic. Create the situation of chaos and then provide the solution. Down the rabbit hole to the NWO we go.

      • Bradley Bell

        Yes. Exactly. One world government here we come…!

        • Brian Tasker

          Not if we were to “cut the head off the snake”… What am I saying here folks?

          • Bradley Bell

            The beast is wounded…

          • Charles Scott

            This snake has many heads. The body of the snake is the ANC. Through blatant manipulation and favouritism they have slaves at their beck and call. The ANC top dogs share Zuma’s ideals, otherwise they would have strongly disagreed with him on a lot of issues and in fact if they were people with principals They would have disassociated themselves from him a long time ago.

          • tongue in cheek

            hopefully amputation at the neck

          • Rach

            Zumptas must fall???

      • Nick

        Whip out those tinfoil hats friends!

        • Gemma Two Scoops

          Just remember, living in the basement for the last 8 years, will cause you to see the world with blinkers on. In case of emergency, call 10111 and hope they answer the phone. If they do answer the phone, hope that the person at the other end can write down the address, or it might take half an hour to explain. Oh, and don’t forget the tin foil hat.

          • Brian Tasker

            Yeah sweetheart… Why don’t you just do a search of: Quote- “EU’s final warning: Brussels will ‘not hesitate’ to fine member states over migrant quotas”… You may actually become rather enlightened. It is forced quotas of “so called Migrants”; also could be construed as being Invaders…

          • Rach

            if the minister in the debacle with sassa paying her and her kids security is anything to go by you can’t phone 10111 or the police they toooooo slow – that’s why we had to cough up over a million tax payers money for security to take her kids to and from school -eish

        • John Phoenix

          And remember to invest in a bullet proof vest, can’t be too careful…

      • Brocky Belbowa Brouwn

        Just Like Brian Molefe at Eskom ft. Jacob Zuma & the Gupta empire…. Cause Blackouts & loadshedding by sabotaging the coal supplier Optimum, replace with Gupta owned Tegeta & Voila…”problem solved”….

    • MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

      What will happen is that someone with enough short-term cash (in dollars, perhaps) will finally have a ready-made and trained army that both outnumbers and outwits the countries defence forces, both military and civilian.

      Coup d’ets have been *won* by fewer than half the number given. Only very stupid rulers allow a large group of trained and armed men to stand around with no job.

      • gamemaker2

        There would be more than half as there is about 100000 trained SADF soldiers who may help a invading force so good by SANDF

        • Bernard Hellberg

          The SANDF, as we know it (middle-aged, lazy, untrained and probably HIV positive) will in all likelihood be overrun by the Maseru Fire Brigade.

          • Musimuvi

            Hahaha. Maseru Fire Brigade! Hillarious!

      • MMM

        A Drunkard in a suped up Nissan E20 can overthrow the morons we have in government. This is just another ploy to destroy a somewhat working industry

      • tongue in cheek

        “Only very stupid rulers” – and that is what we have,in abundance

    • JoeV64

      Now is a good time to prepare a “state of emergency” to be in place just before the next election is due, so no election will take place. Urban security will hamper the effort to get to that state in an speedily manner.

      • John Phoenix

        This is actually quite likely. There is a name for these kinds of acts that directly puts an entire nation in danger… Ah yes, tree-son!

    • Jacob Zupta

      Like u say something to think about. Unfortunately the anc cant think, coz between the 2 ears there’s a very big fokol between the 2 ears.
      O there is well only a piece if wire that runs from the left ear to the right, otherwise the ears fall of.

      • Charles Scott

        Hahaha. What a hilarious description. I have written it down.

      • Lupe

        lol you have me rolling here

    • Brian Tasker

      Shouldn’t be too concerned as Angela Merkel will welcome them with open arms. All they must do is say they are genuine asylum seekers fleeing from tyranny.

  • Schrödinger’s Cat

    Because they are better trained, more skilled, and better paid than our own defence forces ?

    • RodneyVikens

      Not ‘better paid’ necessary. Sometimes much worse. But they are there when you need them.

      • Schrödinger’s Cat

        And when compared with the indifference I’ve been met with at the local SAP office …

    • DAVID PEDDLE

      You do have a very warped idea of what a security guard, even a level A type can do, ie is trained to be able to carry out, as opposed to a trained infanteer, who uses LMG’s hand grenades, 60 /81/120 mm mortars plus MGL’s and various types of anti tank type missiles etc, never mind with armour artillery backing, without calling what little Air Force we have left!
      Such uninformed comments are manner from heaven to idiot Cabinet ministers who just love to think what the widely divergent security companies are capable of. All they can do is shoot a rifle or pistol or even a 12 bore shotgun,- not very accurately as a general rule and do not have a high sense commitment to fight for ‘King and Country’ for which they are neither paid nor expected to do.
      So lets drop this very ill informed and scare mongering tactics which only play into the hands of the ANC.

      • John Phoenix

        Then how the hell do they break into a military base and steal weapons… This is public knowledge, they might have had knowledge thrown at them, but it appears most of it didn’t stick. And our police force, oof, let’s just call it what it is, a few good men (and women), the rest received training repeatedly, and yet have no respect for a weapon and no regard for laws or procedures. As a citizen, I thank God we do have good, honest policemen left, but it’s like finding a unicorn.

  • Doesnt_Matter

    Starting to show what others in their blogs and ‘non-mass media’ have been warning for years now. There’s a hidden agenda by these communists in power and their plans are bearing fruition very quickly while the minority continue with their Facebook venting, sharing and peaceful marches which the powers at be simply cackle at

  • Jaco

    Fortunately my security provider is fully local. In fact, they only operate in a small number of suburbs in Cape Town…

    • Tony Foley

      Same here: we use Pinewatch, and find them very effective (constant patrols to prevent crime rather than waiting for it to happen)

      • Jaco

        Good to know that Pinewatch is good. We use Sniper, but might be moving to Pinelands next year.

        Sniper actually does extra patrols on request, and has assisted us with removing beggars, loiterers and general nuisances. They even once caught someone who stole one of our cameras. Can you comment on Pinewatch’s service?

  • Jacques

    This is what people need to learn from this: You cannot rely on the Police for protection. You cannot rely on the Army for protection. If you are not in full control of your own safety and security, and don’t know how to implement it effectively, you are essentially caught with your pants down. It’s a law of nature. Take care of yourself and your own. Nobody else will.

    • Jibbers Crabst

      So it’s time to get a gun ey?

      • Jacques

        That’s just one part of it, and the one you are least likely to need. Understanding security and how to correctly implement it around your home, workplace, your commute etc, is what is important. It is a habit. Thinking about what you do, how you do it when and where you do it. Thinking like a criminal in every situation. What are they after, how they could get to it and how to make it harder for them to get to than the guy next door’s. It is about spatial awareness, and teaching that to your kids, your wife and everyone you can.

        • Jibbers Crabst

          Great way to live =D

          • Jacques

            Actually, it is a great way to not die =D

          • Jibbers Crabst

            Yeah while that’s true, it’s not the way I want to live my life. I’ve been in many other countries around the world where I’ve felt more welcome than in my home country, and this country is the one where I’ve come the closest to being killed a few times, and I’ve had enough really.

          • Jacques

            True. But looking at the volume of expats that come back after leaving SA (currently in the deep 90%), maybe going overseas isn’t such a great solution either.

  • MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

    Having a bunch of trained and armed men standing around with nothing to do is how quite a lot of coupe d’etats started.

    Most rulers *don’t* want to have a lot of trained and armed men hanging around – they might start getting ideas after all.

    Our clowns in charge don’t seem to understand even basic self-preservation. They will start their own downfall if they are not careful.

  • Private security isn’t a threat to national security, it’s a threat to national security forces because private security is more effective.

    The Zuptas can’t command military and police forces into the formation of a police state dictatorship if they’re outnumbered, out-trained and outgunned by private security forces with foreign backing.

    Call a spade a spade.

    • Doesnt_Matter

      ^^ this

    • tongue in cheek

      food for thought here

  • Lynda Smith

    Security companies employ foreign nationals because they can be exploited for lower wages and in the end won’t strike because they are grateful for a job. Locals embark on strikes that will often turn violent and destructive. So instead of looking at the result – look at the cause! Why are foreign nations being employed? Why are they numbering more than the locals? Why are protected strikes allowed to get destructive with no accountability to their Unions? Why why why? But that is not the questions they want to handle… government prefers to look at the effect and their own complicities in the cause is completely ignored. I agree that minimum salaries are minute – but you cannot cripple an economy and country by giving more to a few and nothing to a lot.

  • Jacobus Pienaars

    ““there were agents of regime change implementing other countries’ nefarious agendas operating in the country”. – Yeah the Guptas.

  • Jacobus Pienaars

    These guys cannot run a country. Period.

  • morphman

    If I pay for a private company to look after my house, what the F**K has that got to do with them. this is just another my to srew us over again. STUPID !!

  • Khalsa S

    Typical left wing globalist tactics…….. as soon as an industry develops u tax it, as soon it thrives, then u regulate it. When it struggles under cadre meddling, then u subsidize it.

    I actually welcome this legislation……… private security which allows many people to sleep at night (and employ votahs) is the only thing helping us sleep at night.
    Once we lose this then maybe we will march into parliament, drag them onto the streets and fill them with lead.

  • Howard

    ..“there were agents of regime change implementing other countries’ nefarious agendas operating in the country” – What absolute twaddle Mahlobo – bend over and try some introspection if you are looking for “spies” in your precious anc tyranny!

    • Lupe

      any time i hear “regime change” from these idiots my brain shuts down and i want to curl onto myself like a ball and scream

  • bengine

    “and the assumption that the Americans will kick South Africa out of the
    African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) because of the security bill”
    So, the message is – you will use our security or we will punish you.

    These are very murky waters we are sailing in – damned if you do damned if you don’t. Under normal circumstances we might be inclined to question the sanity of outsourcing our security to foreign companies – in the current climate not so cut and dried ….

  • nickn4m3

    The easiest way to get rid of private security is to have proper policing.

    Why would Joe Public spend thousands of rands a month on private security of there was no need for it?

    It seems to be a no brainer:
    Fix the police and the alleged problem goes away.
    Pass this legislation and chaos will reign.

    Except of course to those with no brains or those who want to destabilise the country further so that they can rule by military force.

  • InReality

    Crime pays in SA. The first thing the ANC did when they came into power was to scare all law-abiding gun owners with new gun laws and regulations forcing a lot of them to give up their weapons at police stations because of the schlepp of going through the process. Now there are still too many criminals being shot or apprehended by private security companies and that is totally unacceptable… That is why they are now targeted by the ANC government.

  • zenith777

    I’ve read a lot of the comments on here,many valid BUT we would never have the largest private security forces in the world if people were and felt safe! A poorly trained and often corrupt Police Force either does not have the will,the skills,the manpower,the leadership or the capability to ensure people’s safety in their homes. Now where do you lay the blame for that?? Oh of course, evil white capital! And the private security firms have picked up all the skilled mainly white instructors who could not get a job anywhere because they are white – instead anyone with half a brain would have used these skills to transfer skills and training into the post 1994 Police Force to ensure that we would have had at least a half competent Police Force today. Nowhere in the civilized world are corrupt Ministers given other posts which they equally know nothing about, as in the case of Cele – found guilty and then ”promoted’ in the never ending cadre enrichment scheme to Agriculture Minister with absolutely ZERO skills to manage that equally vital aspect of any democratic society.And without a doubt there are many evil capitalists in the world who take advantage of numerous loopholes, yet WHEN they are caught it’s the end of the road for many of them, and they are held accountable. Here, accountability is a word that does not exist,it’s always a blame game which has nasty overtures of race, which most South Africans of all races do not want or fathom.

    • Selwyn

      touche!
      …..and no wants do do anything but take ,be given, have, aquire, get, etc. I cant think of any more words to fit.

      The best line in all of guvumint / ANC MP idiot is a few weeks ago when a minister ( and i wish i could remember, but was so astounded,i did not click the name )
      said instead of chasing all the Somalis away, we must learn their secrets how to run a spaza shop and become succesful

      • Christine Cameron-Dow

        It’s not a case of chasing them away because they’re Somalian, it’s a case of burning the opposition out of business. Good old South African tactic, employed by Taxi organisations, shop owners, service station owners and drug runners throughout the land.

  • ads

    I expect he needs a padded cell, perhaps next door to several other crazy members of the Zupta regime. There’s good medication available now for paranoid schizophrenia.

  • Jacqueline Geerlings

    oh no, who will the police hire at their stations for armed protection … whahaha … another great trick of unemployment for this highly incompetent ANC govt! forcing this multi-billion $ industry out is non-sensical. Well done ANC, cocking another industry up! Yes so many funds get repatriated but cos we fail to deliver the service!

  • Johan Lewis Last

    ANC busy with their terrorist attacks again

  • Wurnman

    If that is the case, im arming myself with a firearm.. legally or otherwise.

  • Cape Computer Club

    The PSIRA also have their claws into locksmiths. We pay R3800 a month and receive nothing back. Their inspectors arrive without warning to “inspect the certificates” (not the staff or their well-being). And when asked what can we expect from them in return, simply do not answer. I locked the door on one aggressive fellow when he refused to answer this question and told him he could leave only when I received a meaningful answer. He nearly wet his pants with fright when he saw how annoyed we were. Let the PSIRA mis-allocate your payment and in a week, you hear from their lawyer issuing threats

  • Greg

    What if z… were t…. o… ?

  • NothingNewAtAll

    Funny that PSIRA’s office in Cape Town was issued with a “notice to comply” by the City of Cape Town’s Fire Department even though they allegedly regulate companies providing fire response service. Bunch of idiots.

  • Newton’s Third Law

    Then I automatically have right to KILL the person trespassing… case closed

  • gamemaker2

    The A N C will not be in power after 2018 so it’s a waste of time no matter what they do I would never fight for this country again.

  • Luna Moon

    we only have so many private security officers and companies because of our high crime rate, and that we have because of our high unemployment, so the real cause is back to square 1 = cANCer

  • Bernard Hellberg

    We must understand that the disease of paranoia is extremely prevalent in Africa with the broad population scared of a statue depicting a dead whitey (Rhodes), witchcraft in Limpopo (elderly women being targeted), dark mutterings of a “third force” coming to get them, a mythical scary figure prevalent in rural areas (tokoloshe), and the irrational fear that the targeted white minority, somehow, somewhere, is planning deadly deeds by virtue of their being “counter-revolutionaries.” Witness, also, the security gangs surrounding these obese fools – heavily armed, rushing about in blue light convoys and bullying us mere mortals out of their masters’ way. May Karma – that evil little beast – come at midnight during a full moon to attack them!

  • John Deer

    South African Private Security Companies are in direct competition to the South African Police (Uniform Branch) as the Country has lost Faith in the Police and rely on Private Companies. Detectives do the Investigations of any “Serious” crimes while the Uniform Branch will do whatever they are doing which is another debatable subject. The saying goes, “The “safest” place in any town, is KFC and the local Bottle Store,Spar/Checkers etc.” That is where you will find the Police Vehicles. Imagine the Loss of 1.8 MILLION Jobs if Private Security Companies were Banned. Another Blowout for the ANC and LOSS of VOTERS. Sounds good actually.!!

  • Hennie

    The day that a government is afraid of private security then you know there is something that is rotten in the army and the police force. This can only happen in an ANC government.

  • Kevin Powels

    I believe that should one be in danger and the security forces don’t respond in the time that the private security forces do then in terms of the law one could lay charges against the security forces all the way up to the minister of security.

  • Theo

    Proofreading before posting an article wouldn’t hurt

  • jjok01

    Another move to make the country ungovernable.

  • Teresa

    Insane bill – it will definitely be challenged in court.

    • Lupe

      no way will this pass

  • Stupid is as stupid does! Why can’t SA protect its own strategic points? Retrain your army and police ? My what an original idea!!
    Seems to me the ANC paranoia is geared to two things – 1. trying to control everything 2. letting crime and evil people exploit the peoples money!

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