Security guards, company owner arrested for operating illegally

Eight security guards and an owner of a security company in Hartbeespoort were arrested last Wednesday for contravention of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira) Act after it was found that they were not registered with the authority.

According to Linda Mbana, head of law enforcement at Psira, the ‘bogus’ security guards and the director of a security company were arrested at four farms in the Hartbeespoort area after they received a tip-off about security guards working illegally on a number of farms. The security company and guards allegedly worked with forged documents.

The police confirmed that nine cases of contravention of the PSIRA Act (Act 56 of 2001) were opened at the Hartbeespoort police station on Wednesday, 15 July.

“Security guards and the owner of the security company at a local chicken farm at Skeerpoort were apprehended and released after paying fines for contravening the said act,” said police spokesperson, Maria Nkabinde.

Mbana said there is an increase of security guards working illegally without being registered with Psira. “Psira is the security industry regulator and we make sure law and order prevail in the security industry and that security companies operate within the legal framework.”

She said only South African citizens or foreign nationals with permanent residence documents are allowed to work in the security industry. Psira is currently busy with operations to curb the illegal activities in the security industry.