Police committee sends back security bill

2012-11-07 20:20

Cape Town - The DA has welcomed the unanimous decision by the police portfolio committee to send the private security industry regulation amendment bill back to the police's law advisers and the police secretariat.

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, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard said.

"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".

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 truth is that people in South Africa increasingly rely on the private security industry to protect them and their property because the police ministry is failing to protect citizens."

No-one actually wanted to have to pay twice to be safe in their own home.

Firstly, residents were taxed to pay the SA Police Service (SAPS) R62.4bn a year, and because of their failures, residents then paid an additional R50bn to the private security industry.

"There would be no market for the private security industry if the SAPS just did the job they were paid to do," Kohler Barnard said.

As proposed, the bill would potentially have led to massive job losses, decreased investment in South Africa, and would have created a security risk for all South Africans.

The upshot of the proposed amendments in the bill would be that fewer trained law enforcement and security personnel would be available.

This would leave all citizens, and especially the poor who relied on the SAPS as their sole source of protection, more vulnerable to crime, as the SAPS would have to spread its resources more thinly.

No research had been done on possible disinvestment when faced with the forced sale of 51% of foreign-owned companies.

No research had been done on the deterrence of foreign investment, or of the means to determine and limit foreign ownership of shares sold freely on the stock exchange, or the possibility of claims under the South Africa-United Kingdom bilateral investment treaty.

"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.

  • Hans Senior - 2012-11-07 21:07

    @mmoledis, DA is right, bill borders on xenophobia, just another ploy to enrich black ANC comrades for free. money for nothing.

  • Steven Joseph Eward Grace - 2012-11-07 22:10

    these companys shold also be brought into line with the Labour laws of S.A. and pay there employees accordingly. they exploit there people, and get left alone???? 12hr shifts at minimal wage, R3000 pm. is this right.????????????????

  • Kevin Van Niekerk - 2012-11-07 22:13

    if the police were paid the right salary they were suppose to be paid for their work, they would render a better service. They salary police gets paid now for all they have to do is pathetic and i understand why police are more negative when it comes to delivering a great service. The State should pay them better then they will perform better and im talking bout the lower ranks and not the top brass that sits in offices all day.

      Erna - 2012-11-07 22:24

      I disagree. While I agree good policemen should be paid better, I don't necessarily think paying the bad ones more will improve their performance. Good cops, nurses and teachers will be good even if the pay isn't that good.

  • KennySven - 2012-11-07 22:54

    The need to train 10,000 private security personal to guard our police stations country wide(At a cost of R50 million last year)due to police incompetence is disgraceful but apparently normal by cANCer standards. Well done cANCer,thanks to you our once highly respected police force has now been voted as the worlds worst. Before 1994,when South Africa used to be a first world country(now third world)we were very proud of our police force,a service everyone could rely on in a time of need. Pre 1994 our police force was one of the worlds finest and respected services not only in our country but in the world. The police were educated,properly trained,fit to do any task required and respected by all.In one sentence our police service could be relied on day and night 24 hours a day and feared by criminals. cANCer you have once again proved there is nothing you can't destroy,even the peoples police force and safety. Thank you for making us the number 1 murder and rape capital in the world.

  • rowan.goss - 2012-11-08 04:34

    "These included the forced sale of 51% of foreign-owned private security companies to South Africans". And with BEE that means forced sale would be to wealthy black South Africans. Which means the wealthy black South Africans get wealthier at the expense of every other South African citizen. Get an education! We aren't stupid.

  • paul.illingsworth.9 - 2012-11-08 06:50

    Why can't the police do their work properly? Consider if u take all the high ranking officers out of the equation then u have 150 000 members on the ground underpaid without proper equipment driving a standard bakkie trying to catch a BMW and policing a population of 50 Million. 15 yrs ago most police stations had 15 members working in the CSC'S and approx. 4 vehicles attending complaints and doing patrols and this did not include members working crime prevention, now u r lucky if a station has enough mebers to put two patrol vehicles on the road, don't blame the poor policeman on the ground but look at what they try to do with what they have available

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-08 08:31

    SA Police, the impartial and objective 'strong arm of the law' now simply a stooge gang of 'wont work' deployed xenophobic cadres by chance? No NEVER! not on a burning tyres life ever!

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