No more private security for cops

2012-05-30 09:45

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has revealed that police spent more than R350 million in three years on private security companies to guard police stations.

Mthethwa was responding to a Parliamentary question from Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald, who asked why private security services had been suspended by the police.

Mthethwa said in response that cabinet’s Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster had decided to look at different ways the SAPS could provide its own security instead of using private firms.

“Furthermore, as part of the aforementioned initiative, and due to the sensitivity and nature of their jobs, the Criminal Justice System (CJS) agreed to look at different approaches regarding security within their respective departments,” said Mthethwa in his written reply.

He also said police officers would now perform all guard duties that were previously done by private companies.

“The provision of security is part of the generic functions that needs to be performed by a police officer.

A phased-in approach will be followed by the SAPS whereby the functions which were previously performed by security officers will be done by police officers,” he said.

Mthethwa said the SAPS spent R100 223 081 on private firms in the 2009/10 financial year, R119 575 032 in 2010/11 and R130 489 618 was spent in the 2011/12 financial year.

This amounts to R350 287 731 for the past three years.

Police in Gauteng spent the biggest chunk on private security companies, with R41m paid to these firms last year, followed by the Western Cape (R16 638 708), Free State (R15 160 009), Eastern Cape (R14 817 008), KwaZulu-Natal (R14 560 500), Limpopo (R11 032 434), North West (R9 363 021), Mpumalanga (R4 336 891) and Northern Cape (R3 029 736).

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