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'Fraudulent security certificates a norm'

PSIRA says they have been trying to stamp out the issuing of fraudulent security qualifications for years.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) said on Monday it has been trying to stamp out bribing for security certification.

The authority said the practice has been going on for years and has called on the public to help identify organisations that provide all the necessary credentials.

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

Eyewitness News on Monday morning revealed how for just for just R650 a reporter posing as a prospective security guard was able to buy a level E, D, and C grading certificate.

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.

But PSIRA CEO Manabela Chauke told _Talk Radio 702 _on Monday morning they are continuing to fight institutions that provide these certificates, despite security insiders saying the regulatory body has ignored their complaints in the past.

"We take action by totally removing them from our database and re-registering security providers. We also call on members of the public to report these issues to us so that we are able to investigate and get to the bottom of this."

Security company insiders said they were noticing more and more security guards presenting fraudulent qualification certificates.

"On a daily basis I get people asking me for jobs and I ask to see their senior certificates. If they don't have one I point them in the right direction. Three of four days later they come back with pretty high qualifications and you know it's fraudulent because grading takes about a week."

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

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.