South Africa Aims To Regulate Foreign Ownership of Private Security Firms

Nathi Mthethwa, the police minister of South Africa, recently presented a bill to Parliament with the objective of controlling foreign ownership of private security firms. The bill is Private Security Regulations Amendment Bill. Mthethwa has told MPs that the bill aims to reinforce control over the management of private security industry, including the security services provided from South Africa to certain other countries.

The Minister reveals that the number of private security personnel currently available in South Africa is twice to that of the combined statutory forces present in the country. Nathi Mthethwa discloses that in comparison to just over 270,000 armed-statutory forces, there are above 445,000 registered private security guards in the country. The South African armed-statutory forces include South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and South African Police Service (SAPS).

The private security industry in South Africa has grown tremendously over the years. Increasing crime levels is responsible for the quick growth of private security companies. However, critics say that the inability of the police force in battling crimes is chiefly responsible for the growth of private security companies.

Nathi Mthethwa states that the civil society and the government in South Africa have been worried about the successful regulation of the private security industry. He further adds that the Amendment Bill is aimed at dealing with the challenges that have been faced regarding the effective regulation of the private security industry.

Date: 25th February 2014

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