As with most industries, there are laws and regulations that govern the Security Industry in South Africa.
Security Regulations South Africa – Regulations In South Africa
“The Private Security Industry in South Africa is regulated by:
- The Private Security Industry Regulatory (PSIRA) Act.
- The sectoral determination, number 6, issued in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
Clause 38(3)(g) of the PSIRA Act stipulates:
‘Any person who knowingly or without exercise of reasonable care contracts for the rendering of security services contrary to a provision of this Act is guilty of an offence, and on a conviction of a contravention, is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 24 months, or to both a fine and such imprisonment.’
The private security industry is currently under serious threat from non-compliance by fly-by-night security companies, who use various means of avoiding statutory costs and exploit the labour force. All of these exploitation factors lead to serious employee dissatisfaction, which reduces the level of security awareness and dedication. This is ultimately to the detriment of the consumer.
While there is adequate legislation controlling the private security sector, unscrupulous operators are continuously finding means to circumvent minimum standards, in order to gain an unfair advantage over professional and compliant security service providers.
Many reputable consumers of security services are unwittingly entering into contracts with non-compliant security providers. SASA believes that with growing awareness, no reasonable company will wish to associate itself with such unscrupulous organisations.”
Security Regulations South Africa – The Cost Of Non-Compliance
“The consequences of hiring non-compliant security companies include:
Security officers on your site, who are poorly trained and unable to perform their duties properly.
Security officers on your site, who are underpaid, and vulnerable to the temptation of criminal collusion.
Heavy financial penalties or jail time, for consumers who continue to transgress the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) Act.”
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