Unarmed Man Shooting: Safety MEC must investigate

Harold McGluwa, ID MPL

DA Northern Cape: Provincial Chairperson Spokesperson on Transport, Safety & Liaison

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is shocked at the alleged gunning down of an unarmed Kimberley resident in broad daylight, in the middle of the CBD, by a private security officer. These sorts of actions, if true, are the stuff of Wild West movies, and not of a modern democracy operating under the rule of law.

According to media reports, the man was allegedly shot and killed by a cash-in-transit security guard after doing the ordinary task of withdrawing money from an ATM in town.

Eyewitnesses quoted in the media suggest the victim was gunned down as he was walking away from the guards, and back to his car after he had used the ATM. This begs the question; on what basis did the security officials feel they could discharge their firearm at a civilian? What reasonable threat or danger was posed to the lives of the security officials? Section 8 (4) of the Code of Conduct of Security Service Providers (2003), clearly states;

“A security service provider may only use force when the use of force as well as the nature and extent thereof is reasonably necessary in the circumstances and is permitted in terms of law.”

The DA is of the firm view that these and many other questions must be answered by the South African Police Services (SAPS) in a thorough investigation. We welcome the arrest of the alleged shooter, and hope that justice will take its course.

Cash-in-transit security personnel carrying of high-powered rifles are a daily sight on our streets. This is why the DA believes the conduct of these security officials must be of the most professional and disciplined manner.

I am calling on MEC of Transport, Safety & Liaison, Mac Jack, to investigate whether the security company has contravened the Private Security Regulation Act of 2001, and it’s Code of Conduct, and to convene Improper Conduct Proceedings, as is prescribed by the Act.