Private security urged to assist government to bring hope to the people
21 December 2010
Mpumalanga Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Vusi
Shongwe has called on the private security
companies to assist government to bring hope
to business people in order to invest in the
According to Shongwe, bringing hope can be done
by eradicating crime, which will also enhance
tourism and also bring stability among communities,
saying that security companies’ responsibility is not
only to make money but to assist the people of the
Shongwe was speaking at the quarterly meeting between
the department and the security companies contracted
to safeguard government property.
He said the security companies were in the forefront in
fighting crime; therefore they needed to partner with
government as stakeholders.
The MEC said the role of the private security industry
in the fight against crime was very crucial because they
were regarded as the first line of defense for the people.
Shongwe has however called on the companies to do their
work with much diligence in carrying out their duties as
there has several incidences of theft at various government
“I was embarrassed recently when I had to account to the
Legislature about theft in government buildings, and also
humiliated that when the suspects were arrested, some of
them were security guards deployed to safeguard the buildings,”
He said they should not collude with criminals because they
were trusted by government on behalf of the people to safeguard
public property, its resources and to fight crime and corruption.
“I am therefore appealing to you not to allow a handful of criminals
within the industry to bring the reputation of private security
“With that in mind, those within the private security industry who
are involved in criminal activities must expect no mercy from the
police. They will be arrested,” warned the MEC.
He said companies have a responsibility to protect, secure and guard
government property and assets.
The MEC has also appealed to companies to take extra ordinary steps
to improve security in government offices during the festive season
in order to prevent break-in incidences.
The purpose of the quarterly meetings is to enable the department to
interact with security service providers and other stakeholders to
reflect on the developments in the industry that affect their operations.
Issued by Mpumalanga Department of Safety, Security and Liaison
Contact: 013 766 4055 / 082 678 1450