“The private security industry in South Africa is among the largest in the world,[2] with over 9,000 registered companies, 450,000 registered active private security guards and a further 1.5 million qualified (but inactive) guards; many times the available personnel than the combined South African police and army.[3] Studies have shown that South Africa had 2.57 private security personnel for every police employee.[4] This is attributed by some to the country’s relatively high levels of crime to a lack of public funds from Parliament towards the South African Police Service (SAPS) or to an increasing trend in many countries towards government outsourcing of certain security functions.[5

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