News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Sunday April 21st 2019

Security sector tightens on foreigners


Refugees who have found employment in the booming security industry say the Private Security Industry and Regulation Authority (Psira) is pushing them out of the sector.

A foreigner working as a security guard for a company in Cape Town told West Cape News this week that dozens of fellow refugees had lost their jobs at the company due to Psira regulations.

Fearing that he could also lose his job, he said the trend for security companies to end the contracts of foreign employees seemed to be widespread as he knew of many other foreigners who were no longer able to work in security.

Psira’s regulations state that only South African Identity Document holders may be employed by registered security companies.

However, the security industry in the past has always been a major employer of refugees from the DRC.

Human rights lobby group People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (Passop) said that over the past 12 months Psira had been clamping down on immigrants working in the sector.

“They have made it impossible of almost all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers to work as security guards, body guards or bouncers,” stated Passop chairperson Braam Hanekom.

“It is highly unfortunate that it appears to be part of a drive to create jobs for locals. This is not only an unjust prejudiced approach but also a very short sighted approach as asylum seekers are also statistically part of the community and will now be part of the unemployed.”

Hanekom said it was “sad to note that legally there is red tape that essentially denies foreigners the right to work in the security sector”.

However, security consultant Vincent Philip said he supported Psira’s stance.

He said that by regulation foreigners were not allowed to work in the industry because only those with the green ID books or permanent residence could be employed.

Phillips said it was difficult to do the necessary background checks on may foreigners, particularly those from war-torn countries.

Psira also admitted to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security in February that they lacked capacity to regulate the industry.

He said such failure could be a serious threat to the security of the country.

Psira had not responded to queries before going to press. –  Francis Hweshe

Tags: arliament’s Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security, Braam Hanekom, DRC, Oppression and Poverty (Passop), People Against Suffering, private security industry, Regulation Authority (Psira), Suppression, Vincent Philip

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One Response to “Security sector tightens on foreigners”

  1. osuolale-lanre says:

    pls i want to know whelthere they are issue psira for foreigners,bcos i take all my credencials to go and submit in security company and they are request for psira

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