Car guards or parking bay attendants - dilemma

2016-09-08 06:00

TWO men, who were arrested in Ramgsate recently for operating as car guards without a security officer and businesses (SOB) certificate, feel the arrest was unlawful as they claim they’re not car guards.

According to law every car guard has to be obtain the SOB certificate from the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA), the body which regulates the security industry, or else they are operating illegally.

They say they are only employed to control traffic in and out of a small shopping complex and assist shoppers with packing their groceries into their car.

Ernest Knickelbein and Deon Snyman say they are “volunteer parking bay attendants”.

“I don’t guard anybody’s car so why should I pay for the certification,” said Knickelbein.

They don’t get a basic salary, no benefits, no contract with any company, no job description and no union to protect them so they feel there is no reason to obtain a certificate from PSIRA they say.

The PSIRA Act 56/2000 states that if a person is doing the job of guarding, and is not registered, he or she is breaking the law as per Article 38(2) (c) Act of 56/2001.

Car guards in particular would need a grade E qualification, which is for patrolmen or security officers.

The course focuses on the duties of patrolmen or security officers.

The Fever visited a shopping centre in Port Shepstone where two car guards said they too did not have any certification from PSIRA.

“We are employed by the anchor tenants and they did not tell us we had to have any certificates.

“We were just happy to get jobs so we can put food on the table,” said the guard.

Siziwe Zuma, PSIRA communications officer was approached for comment on the matter, but none was forthcoming at the time of going to press.

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