Code of Conduct for Private Security Firms Amended

Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority

A security service provider found guilty of improper conduct is liable for a fine not exceeding R1 million.

This provision is contained in amendments to the private security industry’s Code of Conduct published in Government Gazette 40116.

The Code of Conduct is drawn up in terms of the Private Security Industry Regulation Act.

Other penalties include suspension of registration for a period not exceeding 12 months, withdrawal of registration and withdrawal as accredited training establishment.

The amendments also contain detail on penalties in respect of improper conduct by an employer of in-house security officers and a general obligation to act in terms of applicable law.

The amendments kick in on 9 July 2016.

Meanwhile, in Notice 790 published in the same Gazette, the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority has published amendments of the Improper Conduct Regulations.

The amendments focus on conviction on plea of guilty without enquiry, tendering of plea and related procedures and confirmation, review and substitution of findings, penalties and other orders.

In terms of tendering of plea, the prosecutor must, at the start of an enquiry, put the charge to the respondent and request the respondent to plead to the charge or put a settlement agreement to the presiding officer.

The amendments also come into force on 9 July 2016.

Sabinet Cape Town Office