'Private security companies need to train staff adequately'

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane was responding after private guards were caught on camera handcuffing and manhandling a woman outside a Shoprite Usave.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says private security companies need to be monitored more closely to ensure that they train their staff adequately.

This comes after private guards were caught on camera handcuffing and manhandling a mother whose child relieved herself outside a Shoprite Usave store in Cosmo City.

The toddler can be heard screaming as her mother is wrestled to the ground.

Nkosi-MKalobane went to the store on Sunday where she revealed the guards involved in the incident were not registered with one of the industry bodies.

“The kinds of guards that are hired by this company don’t qualify to be security guards. So it means the company itself just took anybody without checking whether these people are qualified or not because we have already checked that they are not registered with the regulatory body.”

Director at Vigilant Security Ghubani Ngcongolo says while the incident is regrettable, he insists the guards are registered.

“As a company, we do an initiative to take our officers to anger management courses to do retraining on how to handle the public and where women and children are involved.”

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Nkosi-Malobane says calls to fight women and children abuse is being ignored by some.

Thandi Shaparadzo says while she was left traumatised and humiliated by the assault, she is more concerned about her daughter who witnessed the incident.

“I’m so devastated. I don’t know how some people, especially security, they really want to act like they’re the police. Even the police wouldn’t treat you like that.”

Nkosi-Malobane says the guards acted out malice and unnecessary anger.

“Educating our people about crimes that are being committed against children, and it seems to some people it falls on deaf eyes.”

The victim and her daughter will be receiving counselling and police are investigating.