Security Guards - There are more Guards in South Africa than Police men and not all of them are trained or legal guards! South Africa has the largest private security industry in the world, with nearly 9 000 registered companies. As a result, the regulation of the industry needs to be revised, according to Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa.
in South Africa than Police men and not all of them are trained or legal security guards! South Africa has the largest private security industry in the world, with nearly 9 000 registered companies. As a result, the regulation of the industry needs to be revised, according to Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa.
With over 36 years experience in the SAP, SAPS and Private Security sector, this is something that I am constantly questioning....and the answers are not always that comforting. But first, a little background on the Industry.
The industry is controlled by Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA). When Psira first started, they were responsible for the registration of security guards and Security Companies. They also controlled the training material, the grading and the registration of the training centers. The latter, the registration and control of training centers was later taken over by SASSETA, to improve the training and the corruption in the training Centers. In the past it was common for guards to pay for a training course and receive the certificate without doing the course.
Theoretically, the system provides that all guard are checked for criminal activity by obtaining a fingerprint clearance from the SAPS. This is done by having the fingerprints taken by SAPS and the fingerprints are submitted, together with the security application forms, to PSIRA, who then submit the fingerprints to the SAPS. the Fingerprint results are submitted directly to Psira by the Police and the guard is registered if he/she has a clear fingerprint record.
The applicant, if he has not submitted a training certificate must undergo training at a registered training center and submit it to PSIRA prior to him/her receiving the Registration certificate. Once the guard has received the registration certificate, he/she can then seek employment as a guard.
This is the theory, but in practice, “According to the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) Annual Report, 2010/11, there were 8 828 private security businesses registered as security service providers (which is an 18.35% increase compared to the number of companies registered for the previous financial year). The number of private security guards registered was under 1.7 million. It is also estimated that of the guards registered, over 400 000 are active within the industry.”
According to PSIRA it is further estimated that between 15 000 and 20 000 new members join the private security industry each month. However, not all companies and private security guards register with PSIRA as required by law. Many companies and security guards attempt to operate under the radar and unlawfully.This enables them to "undercut" the legitimate companies and places the user at risk.
This has a wide reaching effect on your safety and the countries economy. Let's deal with your safety first;
These are just a few of the issues with the unregistered guards. So what of the unregistered and illegal Security Companies? how do they affect you and the economy;
I will divide this into two sections; 1 Private (discussed below) 2 Commercial. (Commercial will be discussed on THIS page)
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