• Physical evidence is the silent witness in criminal cases which is why it should not be contaminated and why the chain of custody is vital. Read our article published from p20 in Servamus: August 2021 to learn more about evidence and the story it tells.

  • The reconstruction of a crime scene is a vital step to give the court an idea of what happened at a crime scene. Our article published from p34 in Servamus: August 2021 explains what the process entails.

  • Various role-players from within the SAPS can help to provide specialised information about the scene, the victim and the suspect at a crime scene. Our article published from p23 in Servamus: August 2021 highlights these role-players.

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By Annalise Kempen

Not a day goes by that we do not see or interact with a private security officer - either when we visit a shopping centre, have a security crisis at home or at the office or when a private security officer passes us while patrolling the neighbourhoods in their vehicles. After all, with 560 114 registered and active security officers who are employed by 11 306 registered active security companies (at March 2021), this is a huge industry which we are all well aware of. Yet, managing such a huge industry can be no easy task.

Have you ever thought about who takes responsibility if something goes wrong in the security industry? When a police member does something wrong, we know where to complain, but what about the private security industry? Does the responsibility lie solely with the company that employs the individual security officer and which has been contracted to provide the service, or is there an authority that fulfils an oversight duty in terms of private security?

The Private Security Industry Regulation Act 56 of 2001, which came into operation in February 2002, provides for the regulation of the private security industry and to establish a regulatory authority for that purpose: the latter is known as the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA). The primary objective of this Authority is to regulate the private security industry and to exercise effective control over the practice of the occupation of security service providers in the public and national interest and in the interest of the private security industry itself.

The PSiRA Council
Section 6 of the Private Security Industry Regulation Act 56 of 2001 provides that the Minister of Police appoints a Council, comprising five councillors, to govern and control PSiRA. Councillors are appointed for a period not exceeding three years during which period they have to take steps to achieve the objects of PSiRA, as discussed above and which are detailed in section 3 of Act 56 of 2001. In addition, the Council has to ensure performance of the duties of PSiRA; oversee and exercise general control over the performance of the functions of PSiRA and of the activities of the persons appointed by the Authority to perform the work of PSiRA.

The Council is accountable to the Minister of Police for the performance of its functions and therefore has to provide the Minister with such information and particulars as he or she may require in writing in connection with the functions of PSiRA or any other matter relating to the Authority. It is also the responsibility of the Council to supply the Minister of Police with a copy of the annual report on the activities of the Authority and the Council, in addition to audited financial statements, which must be tabled in Parliament. An annual report should contain a fair account of the regulatory activities of PSiRA, information about any other matter required by the Minister of Police in writing, and information on any matter which is necessary or expedient to bring to the attention of the Minister.

The current Council, comprising Dr Leah Mofomme (Chairperson); Dr Matome Ralebipi (Deputy Chairperson); Dr Sithembile Mbete; Mr Nhlanhla Ngubane and Ms Thandeka Ntshangase, was appointed by Mr Bheki Cele, the Minister of Police in January 2021.

Meet the Council members
Servamus had the opportunity to get some insight into the role and functioning of PSiRA by asking the current PSiRA Council members about their views on private security and their role as Council members.

Lt-Gen (Dr) Leah Mofomme, should be a familiar name to Servamus’s readers as she retired from the SAPS as Deputy National Commissioner after 30 years’ loyal service. She then served as a commissioner of the Road Transport Inspectorate at the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency for six years. Dr Mofomme is the 2nd Vice-President of the International Association of Women Police, and the current chairperson of the PSiRA Council.

Mr Matome Ralebipi, who is the deputy chairperson, is the chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL). After he completed his articles with KPMG in 1997, he worked for various organisations including the Transnet Group, SAA, Gobodo Inc and NIA. He is a member of various professional bodies including the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Institute of Directors (IoD) and Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Dr Sithembile Mbete is a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria and the Programme Director of Apolitical Academy Southern Africa. She also serves on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Electoral System.

Mr Nhlanhla Ngubane is a business development associate with Zinamafu Consulting. As a founder member of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union, he is still involved with education-related structures and councils such as TVET colleges and higher education institutions.

Ms Thandeka Ntshangase, is a qualified economist and project manager. She is currently a shareholder and Director at a niche transport company called Logico Logistics.

It is clear that the current Council members have amassed a wealth of expertise and qualifications. That is why they believe that their experience in local and international law enforcement, security, the transport industry, higher education, governance, skills development, finances, compliance, research and human resources and as executive managers will serve them well in guiding the private security industry.

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[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: June 2021. The rest of the article deals with being passionate about creating a safer South Africa is a prerequisite; professionalising the private security industry; communication as key to successful cooperation; and the challenges which the private security industry face. If you want to find out how you can read the rest of this article, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..]

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Servamus - August 2021

Television series have played a significant role in creating public interest about forensic science and the investigation of crime.
By Annalise Kempen
Despite Hollywood’s portrayal in numerous television programmes, crime scene investigation is a difficult and time-consuming task that cannot be completed in a couple of minutes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Fire and water - two elements of nature that result in opposite reactions: when one stares at a firepit or a bonfire and listens to the sound of water such as a waterfall or waves breaking, it typically makes one calm and relaxed.
By Annalise Kempen
Every crime scene tells a story which is why it is of utmost importance that proper crime scene management is implemented to prevent the destruction of any evidence that might be found at a scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2021

In two recent, different and unrelated case law, namely -
Read More - Minister of Transport v Brackenfell Trailer Hire (Pty) Ltd and Other 2021 (1) SACR 463 (SCA)
Role-players in this matter are: National Minister of Transport = the appellant;
Read More - S v Gabani 2021 (1) SACR 562 (ECB)
This Gabani case took place between the Mdantsane Magistrates’ Court and the High Court in Bhisho in the Eastern Cape.

Letters - August 2021

Dudley Maharaj was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1936 and recently turned 85 years of age.
NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court
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Servamus' Mission

Servamus is a community-based safety and security magazine for both members of the community as well as safety and security practitioners with the aim of increasing knowledge and sharing information, dedicated to improving their expertise, professionalism and service delivery standards. It promotes sound crime management practices, freedom of speech, education, training, information sharing and a networking platform.