31 January 2013

South Africa: Changes to Private Security to Improve Safety

Pretoria — Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the proposed amendments to the laws governing the private security sector seek to improve the manner in which the industry functions.

The Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill, which was approved by Cabinet, aims to introduce significant changes to the manner in which the private security industry is currently regulated, notably when it comes to recruitment.

"There have been a number of problematic instances of abusive, corrupt and incompetent behaviour and in some instances, even outright public scandals involving private security personnel in many countries during the past years, clearly demonstrating the pressing need for regulation," Mthethwa said.

Speaking at a New Age business briefing on Thursday, Mthethwa said the private security industry should be regulated with a view to ensure that it performed its functions in a manner that was "constituent with democracy".

"It must be an accountable and effective private security industry that can help increase security and safety."

According to the latest figures, there are over 1.78 million private security officers registered in South Africa.

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