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First on EWN: Security certificates for just R650

EWN exposes how unqualified people are buying a security qualification for R650.

The security certificate obtained by the undercover EWN team. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News can on Monday morning reveal how prospective security guards in Johannesburg can buy qualification certificates for just a few hundred rand.

Several security company insiders said the practice was rife and many guards employed at high-profile events are not even qualified to be there.

This week, Eyewitness News is investigating security and organisation at FNB Stadium, ahead of the Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi concerts this coming weekend.

An Eyewitness News reporter posing as a prospective security guard, was able to buy a certificate by confirming he had qualified to be a level E, D, and C officer for just R650.

The Roodepoort training college that sold him the certificate also offered to register him on the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA)'s database.

Several industry insiders said the practice was common.

FNB Stadium management's Jacques Grobbelaar said it was a real concern.

"You could have very good people and then the last 50 of 300 or 400 guards are simply just bodies. This is a concern that we continuously address."

Measures are being put in place to ensure all guards are qualified.

But security company insiders said the practice of buying certificates was rife because the industry was not properly regulated.