10.03.2017

Weekly News Update

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South Africa (03.03.17): A South African activist movement centred on freedom of expression and access to information, The Right2Know Campaign, is putting pressure on the University of Johannesburg to reveal their use of private security firms to spy of student protestors. The organisation claims that the private security sector lacks democratic accountability, their contracts and terms of engagement are almost always secret, and their methods often unlawful. A guard revealed to the organisation that he was paid R300 a day to take notes about conversations on the bus and identify the names and faces of protestors.
 

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Jamaica (04.03.17): The Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) hosted a seminar at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre to educate security guards about the new health-insurance scheme. The Executive Director of PSRA, Rosalyn Campbell, explained that the seminar was held to ensure that all security guards have full access and understanding on the health-insurance scheme and that they were able to sign up to a plan of their choice and receive free consultation. The Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, pointed out the health-insurance scheme would benefit the 23,000 registered security guards in the country.

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Egypt (07.03.17): Following the 2013 military coup, students affiliated with—and sympathetic to— the Muslim Brotherhood demonstrated in public universities to demand the return of the deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Egypt’s ruling generals have used laws, regulations, procedures, and security tools such as employing private security companies to patrol public university campuses in order to subdue student dissidents and push university administrations to enforce harsh penalties against non-compliant students.

 

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India (08.03.17):  The Labour Minister of India, Bandaru Dattatreya, declared that the he will soon be calling upon state labour ministries in order to implement new labour laws for private security guards. Dattatreya spoke at an event organised by the Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI). These new laws consist of increasing the wages of over 50 lakh security personnel engaged in the private security space. Moreover, the new laws will enable private security agencies to recruit, train and employ quality workforce for the sector, which has been a demand of all stakeholders, including security agencies and the public.

 

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