Security industry rejects new rules

2011-12-02 19:26
Johannesburg - The Security Industry Alliance will launch an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court to have new "unlawful" regulations dealing with annual fees in the private security industry reviewed and set aside.

SIA's legal team was preparing the application which should be filed soon, its CEO Steve Conradie said on Friday.

"SIA regrets that it has been forced to assume this stance, but the current position is entirely due to Psira's [Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority] unreasonable conduct in drafting and promulgating the new regulations," he said.

The regulations stipulate "unrealistic" increases of about 40% to be paid to Psira by service providers, he said.

The fee was no longer payable on a monthly basis, but annually.

Conradie said the regulations were beyond Psira's powers and unlawful.

"They were made without adequate consultation with the industry and where responses were received it was not considered.

"There was no logical thought process behind these arbitrary increases."

The regulations, which took effect on Thursday, were promulgated in the Government Gazette no 34775, on November 25.

Conradie said these regulations radically changed the regime of regulatory fees paid by security service providers and security officers to Psira.

The industry was under "severe threat" considering it was the biggest provider of entry level jobs in the country.

"These regulations are in direct contrast with the government policy on the support of small and medium businesses in South Africa.

"The impact of the new regulations on small and medium businesses in the security industry will be catastrophic."

In the interim, SIA's members who were affected by the new regulations would continue to pay their regulatory fees as prescribed by the old regulations, he said.

Any action taken by Psira to try and enforce compliance with regulations, pending the review appellation, would be met with the "appropriate" legal action.

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