The Limpopo Security Officers’ Forum (Limsoforum) today (Friday) handed over a memorandum to the Private Security Industry Regulation Authority (Psira) during a march in Polokwane.
The protesters demanded that all matters as set out in the memorandum, including matters that are in the interest of both employed and unemployed security workers, should be attended to within 14 days.
Protestors gathered in Hans van Rensburg Street to voice their dissatisfaction with conditions in the industry and were visibly supported by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in red regalia.
In the memorandum Limsoforum claims that Psira betrayed workers in the security industry by failing to act against employers who do not comply with the applicable sectoral determinations that include wage determinations, benefits and working conditions.
“Psira became spectators, if not a machine assisting employers to enrich themselves through denying employees their benefits. In simple terms, failing to comply with sectoral determination 6,” the memorandum reads.
Allegations in the memorandum states that Psira inspectors claim to continuously conduct inspections at security companies but are folding their arms and allowing employers to do as they please.
The names of 57 security companies that are allegedly disregarding applicable legislation and are, according to Limsoforum, committing practices that are equal to modern slavery were listed. “90% of the companies have won tenders with government,” the forum claims in the memorandum.
Limsoforum demanded that Psira should compel all security companies to comply with legislation and determinations within 14 days and that the competence certificates of all non-compliant operators be withdrawn and that they are denied contracts with government.
The forum also wants Psira to investigate all improper conduct and take action, conduct blitz inspections and establish a help desk at the Psira offices.
Story: Barry Viljoen
Featured photo: Disgruntled security industry workers take the streets in the city on Friday. (Photos: Barry Viljoen)