Security bill stays - police committee

2012-11-08 13:44

Cape Town - The National Assembly police committee has rejected DA claims that the private security industry regulation amendment bill is to be withdrawn.

"The portfolio committee on police is deeply disappointed with one of its members, who deliberately gave out false information to the media after the committee's closed meeting [on Wednesday]," acting chairperson Annelize van Wyk said on Thursday.

"The member in question alleged in a media statement that the committee had decided to withdraw the... bill [which is currently under consideration] and had it sent back for redrafting."

This was untrue. The committee had in no way decided to withdraw the bill, she said.

Van Wyk said she would meet with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to request that the current legal team looking at the bill be strengthened, as certain clauses in the bill needed to be amended.

Considering concerns

The committee would continue with the usual procedures of processing the bill, and would consider concerns raised during public hearings.

On Wednesday, Democratic Alliance MP and committee member Dianne Kohler Barnard said the "committee agreed unanimously on Wednesday that the bill be sent back to be redrafted in line with the Constitution, the country's laws, and with international bilateral investment treaties".

"The private security industry is currently regulated, and indeed needs to be regulated, but we are opposed to the proposals which go against the Constitution and international treaties," she said.

These included the forced sale of 51% of foreign-owned private security companies to South Africans, and the prevention of any foreigner living legally and permanently in South Africa from working in the private security industry.


Claims that the ownership of these private security companies by foreign companies posed a threat to national security were made on a "political whim", she said.

When asked for proof of this "threat" neither the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, nor the secretary of police, could provide proof, or state that any research had been done to support this claim.

"The DA finds it astounding that the minister even presented this bill to the committee. It will now be sent back to the SAPS law advisers and the police secretariat to be redrafted.

"The DA sincerely hopes that they will not return the bill to the committee with the same ridiculous proposals, which smack of xenophobia," Kohler Barnard said.

  • camp.j - 2012-11-08 13:56

    Can someone please draw me a picture?? :-?

  • - 2012-11-08 14:00

    What a bunch of losers. This ANC government can't do anything right. If they are not raping someone or stealing something, they are F#$%cking up international ties. As long as these locusts are in control they will slowly but surely consume and destroy everything till nothing remains.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-11-08 14:02

    ANC normal denial, reading this the Bill will go back - "Van Wyk said she would meet with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to request that the current legal team looking at the bill be strengthened, as certain clauses in the bill needed to be amended"

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-08 14:05

    we all need to wake up and smell the BS the ANC is shoveling. if we're not careful - the government takes 80% of our lives and taxes the balance that remains.

  • gail.allanlutz - 2012-11-08 14:08

    **Utterly disgusted again** Do these people not watch outside news in order to understand that the only way forward is to work together as a country? For crying out loud, the 'Leader' of the Free world won most of his votes based on this. If a person is willing to invest in our country - how dare the Bill demand that 51% must be SA owned! As for dictating that only SA Citizens can work in the Private Security Industry - surely this stupidity will spread and soon only Citizens will get a job. So much for our 'Rainbow Nation' - the pre requisite of which is you have to be born here in order to live/work. Idiots!

  • superfastglue.stickittodaman - 2012-11-08 14:20

    Typical communist move ! Invest in other currency's while you can , the next law will be about controlling what we do with our money and how many properties we can own and so on and so forth !

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-08 14:32

    We are not going to uplift ourselves, we are going to drag the country down to our level!

  • heathway.master - 2012-11-08 15:33

    Animal Farm all over again, with a foreign spy hiding behind trees.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-08 16:16

    That is true, all security companies int his country should not employ nor be owned by foreigners. For the sake of protection of this government as we will at the end having mecenaries in this country thinking that they are security companies.

      sven.gohre - 2012-11-08 17:47

      mmoledis, the government has the Defence force (should be a small d) that is supposed to protect the country. No Private security company is going to overthrow the government, but WILL PROTECT the citizens that are left to fend for themselves against criminals that seem to be sponsored by the CancER government in the first place. Secondly, nobody needs to even try to overthrow the CancER government, as they are doing a very good job of destroying themselves. I personally cannot wait for the day that the CancER is thrown out of government and made to account for all the corruption and destruction that they have forced on the people of South Africa.

  • pages:
  • 1