The Association of Private Security Owners of South Africa (Tapsosa) says he is deeply concerned about the recent assassination of security guards.
Just this week, three security officers were killed in two separate incidents. In the latest incident, a security guard was brutally killed during a burglary at Mthiyazi Primary School in Mpumalanga.
On Monday, two guards were shot dead when they accompanied Eskom technicians who repaired a fault to the power grid in Philippi East. A total of 16 security officers have been killed in the execution of their duties since January.
The security guards were attached to Vusa Isizwe, who was contracted to protect Eskom’s technicians in areas known for firearm-related violence. The two were shot dead and robbed of their weapons shortly after the repairs were completed and they got into their vehicles to leave. The two guards died at the scene, while Eskom technicians were able to get away unharmed.
In a statement, Tapsosa said the “unbridled assassination wave” indicates that security guards are an easy target in a country with high crime levels and one where criminals have more and more access to firearms.
“The killings of the security officers are extremely alarming. We were promised safety standards for the industry last year when we met with the police, but they did not return to us until today. We will try to submit the issue and other urgent matters to the [parliamentary] portfolio committee for urgent intervention, ”said Jones Maphalaphathwa, Tapsosa president.
Brig. National police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said police are working closely with companies “properly registered with Psira [the regulator of the private security industry]” to prevent the murders.