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'Security Bill limits foregin ownership'

Security companies have flagged concerns about a bill which limits foreign ownership in the industry.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa speaks during a government media briefing on 14 September 2012. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Several security companies have flagged concerns about a proposed piece of legislation which limits foreign ownership in the industry and gives the police minister too much power.

Parliament held public hearings on the proposed Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill on Wednesday.

The bill proposes a limitation on foreign ownership of security companies because of a perceived threat to national security.

There are also concerns it gives Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa broad sweeping powers to regulate the industry.

Attorney Martin Hood, who is representing three security companies, raised the issues in Parliament earlier.

"The explanation in the notes to the bill say there is a foreign threat to the security of South Africa.

"That is absolute rubbish. Until I see evidence of that, I will not accept it and I would urge this committee not to accept it."

Hood told the police's portfolio committee that they had not been proper consultation with the industry.

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