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Security company not registered

When Steelburger/Lydenburg News enquired if individuals or a company should still opt for Kilo Delta's services, a company represen-tative said, "No, not at all."
13 January 2012

LYDENBURG - It has been confirmed that the security company guarding two officials of Thaba Chweu Munisipality has been suspended from the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA).


A reliable source within PSIRA said that Kilo Delta Security apparently owes the regulatory authority an undisclosed amount of money.


TCM speaker Ms Susan Magagula and the MMC for the finance and technical department Ms Christina Masilela are being guarded on a 24-hour basis by the company and this allegedly costs the municipality R68 000 a month.


DA Cllr Sonja Boshoff said the matter was never laid before council for approval. "I have no recollection of this matter put before council for condonation, so once again the question of transparency is breached. This expenditure was therefore not budgeted for and the monies being spent here could have been spent on the purchasing of material and equipment which is sorely needed in TCM," she said.
All private security companies offering guarding services have to be registered with PSIRA. After an enquiry was made, it came to light that this security company's registration had been discontinued for some time.


When Steelburger/Lydenburg News enquired if individuals or a company should still opt for Kilo Delta's services, a company represen-tative said, "No, not at all."
  When the paper  spoke to someone from the company, he was hesitant to disclose any information regarding either the owner(s) or those handling the situation. All related matters and queries about using the company’s services had to be faxed to a Pilgrim’s Rest number. According to the Private Security Industry Regulation Act No. 56 of 2001, suspension, withdrawal and lapsing of registration of a private security company may occur if; there is a prima facie (a fact presumed to be true unless it is disproved) case of improper conduct in terms of this Act, or of the commission of an offence referred to in the schedule, against a security service provider, the authority may suspend the registration of the security service provider, pending the conclusion of an investigation or enquiry by the authority into the alleged improper conduct; or pending the conclusion of the criminal investigation by the state into the offence in respect of that security service provider, or a determination by the prosecuting authority or the finalisation of criminal proceedings in regard to the offence.


The effect of a suspension of registration is that the security service provider whose registration is suspended may not render any security service, unless the prior written permission of the authority has been obtained, but during the period of such suspension the security service provider is still bound by all the obligations of a registered security service provider provided for in this Act and in the Levies Act. The authority may, subject to Section 5(3), withdraw the registration of a security service provider by written notice, served on the security service provider if at any time after registration, the security service provider is found guilty of an offence specified in the schedule; is found guilty of improper conduct in terms of this Act; is no longer a fit and proper person to render a security service; or does not comply with one or more of the requirements for registration.


Steelburger/Lydenburg News posed the questions regarding the issue to TCM, such as the transparency regarding the duration of the protection, why the matter was not laid before council for approval, if the correct procedure was followed in selecting the most suitable company, why a case of intimidation on account of the threats was not opened, and if the municipality was aware that Kilo Delta was suspended from PSIRA.
Mr Themba Sibiya, communications officer at TCM, confirmed they were working on providing feedback, "With reference to the guarding of councillors, TCM is looking into it and developments will be communicated as soon as all the information is ready."