Parliament generally happy with Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority turnaround

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The Parliament says it is largely happy with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority’s (PSIRA’s) turnaround strategy, after it announced promising results for the last year.

In November last year PSIRA briefed the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police (PCP). Members of the parliamentary committee raised serious concerns over the briefing, some of which were the non-payment of fees by security companies, the presence of illegal operators and firearms in the industry and a lack of vetting of applicant companies for criminal records.

PCP chairperson Sindi Chikunga said that in the past, she and her team had been left distressed after PSIRA appeared before them, BuaNews reports. However, yesterday the PSIRA’s new director Manabewa Chauke and his team tabled before the committee their turnaround strategy, which, for the first time, was largely welcomed.

In his briefing, Chauke said that PSIRA had over the last year suspended 212 security companies for non-payment of levies, and deregistered another 43 for the same reason, according to BuaNews.

Ten individual security officers were deregistered for convicted crimes, while another 10 met the same fate for submitting false information.

In connection with their backlog of 1 393 business applications, Chauke said that 801 had been rejected for failure to meet required standards for registration and 592 were under consideration.

Chauke said that 31 operations have been conducted around the country and 78 illegal security operators were arrested, while another 13 were arrested for firearm related contraventions.

Working with the police, PSIRA assisted in the seizure of 244 firearms, and identified 742 cases of possible identify fraud by foreign nationals.

Other interventions since the last briefing included issuing 653 new charge sheets, summoning 549 security companies for code of conduct hearings, finalizing 408 codes of conduct dockets and settling 114 matters with those who pleaded guilty.

Within his organization, Chauke said that they had also suspended five employees on allegations of corruption and dismissed another five for dishonesty. Four faced pending investigations into alleged dishonest behaviour.

ANC committee members Annelize van Wyk, Greg Schneemann and the Democratic Alliance’s Dianne Kohler Bernard cautiously commended Chauke for the clean-up in the organisation thus far.

The same was echoed by Chikunga, adding that PSIRA would be one of their priority areas this year.



Chauke promised the committee that they would move with greater speed to improve the organisation.