Private security industry in South Africa

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The private security industry in South Africa is an industry providing guarding, monitoring, armed reaction, escorting, investigating and other security-related services to private individuals and companies in the country. Over the years there has been tremendous growth in the private security industry, not only in South Africa, but also in the United States and the world in general.[1] The private security industry in South Africa is among the largest in the world,[2] with over 9,000 registered companies, 450,000 registered active private security guards and a further 1.5 million qualified (but inactive) guards. Many times the available personnel than the combined South African police and army.[3] Studies have shown that South Africa had 2.57 private security personnel for every police employee.[4] This is attributed by some to the country's former high levels of crime to a lack of public funds from Parliament towards the South African Police Service (SAPS) or to an increasing trend in many countries towards government outsourcing of certain security functions.[5]

2006 Strike and Looting[edit]

Street violence occurred during the 2006 security strike.

In 2006, private security personnel went on strike across South Africa. The strike lasted 96 days and cost the industry more than a million working days.[6] The strike was supported by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union and 15 other trade unions.[7] The striking workers looted and damaged property, and committed violent crimes.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recent Growth In The Private Security Industry | Building Security". www.buildingsecurity.com. Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
  2. ^ "South Africa has world's largest private security industry; needs regulation – Mthethwa". DefenceWeb. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bigger than the army: South Africa's private security forces". CNN. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Does SA have the largest private security industry in the world? - Africa Check". Africa Check. Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
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  6. ^ http://www.labour.gov.za/downloads/documents/annual-reports/industrial-action-annual-report/2006/Annual Report - Industrial Action Report 2006 - Introduction.pdf, Industrial Action – Annual Report 2006. Department of Labour. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-9802645-6-2.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://www.labour.gov.za/downloads/documents/annual-reports/industrial-action-annual-report/2006/Annual Report - Industrial Action Report 2006 - Introduction.pdf, Industrial Action – Annual Report 2006. Department of Labour. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-9802645-6-2.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Schroeder, Fatima (18 April 2006). "Shops looted as security strike continues". Cape Times. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Strike Actions of Security Workers – QUESTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA". Department of International Relations and Cooperation. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 22 June 2009.