Security committing crimes concerns SAN

Martin Endjala

The president of the Security Association of Namibia Dhiginina Uutaapama, is concerned over the high intake of security guards hired to stand-in for permanent staff, who is on leave in the midst of an alarming increase in the involvement of security personnel in crimes.

“As the SAN president, during October, November and December, this is my most fearful times as an association, as high intake of security guards often occurs this time of the year, where crime is also at its peak”, Uutapaama said, in an interview with the Windhoek Observer.

He stated that the hiring of security guards on a short term basis pose a risk to both the association and properties, as the same entrusted security officials, often involve themselves in crimes for the sake of making ends meet.

Some of these replacement guards, he said, do not come with the intention to work but with a criminal motive under the pretence of trying to put bread on the table for their families.

This is due to the peanut salaries paid to them, Uutapaama stated, adding that if security guards are paid well, they won’t be easily tempted to accept bribes to turn a blind eye when crime is committed.

SAN is partly blaming the Central Procurement Board of Namibia rates for security services for the poor wages securities are paid in the country.

Where President Hage Geingob in a speech read on his behalf by the Home Affairs, Immigration Safety and Security Albert Kawana at the 30th anniversary of SAN, highlighted that in any democratic State, a Security Association forms an integral part of good governance, as it ensures that law and order is maintained so that the citizens and residents alike enjoy protection from criminal elements.

The Security Association of Namibia complements the functions of the Namibian Police Force.

The President encouraged the association to work together with other security clusters of the

State, especially the Namibian Police Force.

The association, Geingob added, should also promote peace, stability and harmony so that investors, both local and foreign, can invest in the country and thereby grow the economy.

Despite singing his praises for the association, the President expressed his disappointment with the deteriorating level of discipline among the members of the security guards in Namibia, who resort to criminal activities, particularly stealing or aiding criminals to steal the property of clients.

Geingob wants the association to put measures in place to weed out criminal elements in the industry to restore the confidence and trust of their clients and the nation.

The president also appealed to the employers to improve the employment conditions their workers and to respect and adhere to the negotiated minimum wage.

By Observer