- An expert argues that car guards need to be registered with PSIRA
- According to this argument, car guards fall under the authority of PSIRA
- However, others disagree, saying that this would mean that PSIRA would be responsible for dealing with all unregistered car guards
A legal expert says that car guards need to be registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority.
Jan Sambo, Senior Manager for Law Enforcement at PSIRA, called in to CapeTalk on Monday to discuss the issue.
This comes after complaints that car guards at the Old Biscuit Markets charged R50 to watch people's vehicles.
Sambo says that "any person who renders the security service of protecting property or person for reward must be registered with PSIRA". According to this definition, car guards would need to register as well.
Sambo went on to say that if car guards perform their duties without being registered they have committed a criminal offence and may be liable to prosecution.
However, Mayco Member for Safety and Security in the City of Cape Town JP Smith disagrees. According to radio 702, Smith said that if Sambo is correct, this means that PSIRA would be the only body allowed to take action regarding car guards.
Additionally, this would mean that PSIRA would have to regulate all car guards - a major task. Smith expressed doubt that PSIRA would be able to handle so much responsibility, especially if local authorities no longer have the power to intervene in such instances.
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