By Busisani Ncube
The brutal killing of security guards has been condemned by The Association of Private Security Owners of South Africa (TAPSOSA).
This comes after three officers were gunned down this week in Mpumalanga and Western Cape.
The latest was brutally murdered during a break-in on Thursday night at Mthiyazi Primary School in Gutshwa Village in Mpumalanga. On Monday, two guards were shot dead while escorting Eskom technicians attending to an electricity supply fault in Philippi East, Cape Town, bringing to 16 the number of officers gunned down in the line of duty since January. Monday’s incident occurred as the team was leaving the area in their cars after completing work and the two guards, employed by Vusa Isizwe Security, died on the scene, while the technicians managed to escape unharmed.
Vusa Isizwe is contracted to provide armed protection services for Eskom and with the area considered high-risk and notorious for gun violence, the guards were assigned to accompany the power utility employees.
TAPSOSA believes violence against security officers continues unchecked because the matter has been neglected.
“The killing of security officers is really distressing, we were promised the industry safety standards last year when we engaged with SAPS, but till today they haven’t come back to us. We’ll have to push to present the matter and other pressing issues to the portfolio committee for urgent interventions,” said TAPSOSA president, Jones Maphalaphathwa.
The association said it was unacceptable that in June alone four officers have been killed.
It has also implored the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) to urgently engage stakeholders in “adopting a new safety and security strategy in the industry as mandated by the Deputy Minister of Police.”