26.05.2017

Weekly News Update

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South Africa (17.05.17): The State Security Minister, David Mahlobo, gave a budget vote speech in parliament that raised concerns over controversial private security laws in the country. According to an analysis conducted by the Daily Maverick (newspaper), the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill focuses on giving the power to the Minister of Police to expropriate up to 100% of a foreign-owned security company, and limit foreign ownership of local private security companies to 49%. The analysis concludes this clause and others would be in violation of South Africa’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) as well as have economic and political implications.

 

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India (19.05.17): After the murder of bouncer, Amit Sharma, the Union Territory (UT) Police have decided to keep a record of all private security agencies in the city. Sharma was supplying bouncers to 12 night clubs in the area under his private security firm ‘The Black Bull’. SSP Chandigarh, Eish Singhal, expressed that the police have decided to identify unregistered security agency companies operating illegally and providing bouncers and guards in the region and legal action will be taken. There are 103 registered private security agencies operating in Chandigarah employing around 10,000 security guards with private agencies.

 

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United Kingdom (20.05.17): G4S has hired a man in charge of negotiating private contracts for the government prisons to run its troubled detention services division. The current head of custodial services contract management at Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, Paul Kempster, is expected to join the outsourcing firm and will oversee the five prisons G4S manages for the Government, as well as two immigration removal centres and a secure training centre for young people.

 

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Botswana (23.05.17): The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi, has condemned private security companies that continue to exploit their staff. Whilst speaking during the 5th Private Security Services Pitso (a traditional gathering or conference), Kgathi announced that his office continues to receive a significant number of complaints from employees of private security companies for non-compliance with the laws of Botswana, particularly the Employment Act. Kgathi has declared that his ministry will take punitive action against companies in violation of these laws. This could include the termination or cancellation of their licences.

 

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