Clamp down on unregistered 'security guards' near Woodstock's Old Biscuit Mill

Visitors to the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town have been complaining about the high fees being demanded for parking in the streets near the popular market.

Back in July, the Breakfast Show received complaints from listeners that they were being coerced into paying over as much as R50 to park in the street nearby.

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We then spoke to the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira) to find out whether these people charging the fee should not in fact be registered as security guards, and whether what they were doing was legal.

Authorities recently conducted an operation in the area to bring an end to this racket.

Kieno Kammies speaks to Eddie Booysens, regional manager for the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) for an update on what action it has taken since then.

Booysens says PSIRA hosted a planning meeting with the Woodstock South African Police Services (Saps), City of Cape Town law enforcement and Metro police on 19 July.

We discussed the issue and put a joint-operational plan in place in a particular area. The operation took place the following day on 20 July.

Eddie Booysens, Regional manager - Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA)

PSIRA sent a group if its inspectors with police back-up to the area in question, he says.

We identified a number of illegal car guards and affected some arrests....on the basis that they were providing security services, in terms of our definition, whilst unregistered as prescribed by the legislation.

Eddie Booysens, Regional manager - Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA)

He says follow-up operations will be ongoing.

PSIRA is all about compliance and we want the security personnel providing security to be compliant with our legislation.

Eddie Booysens, Regional manager - Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA)

Listen to the interview below:


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