Battle for control of security industry

Jun 25, 2013

Security Association of South Africa (Sasa) president Jenny Reid says while the government says it wants strong crime-prevention alliances between the private security industry and state law enforcement, "the partnership it envisages appears paradoxical and lop-sided. It is the iron fist in the velvet glove and reduces the proposed partnership to a control ratio heavily in favour of the government."

What worries Ms Reid, and is probably why the bill was sent back twice for redrafting, is the near draconian control the minister appears to seek over the private security sector and the fact that he wants all security firms in South Africa to be majority-owned by South African citizens, regardless of companies’ global origins and proprietorship.

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