Violence and Private Security in South Africa

Violence and Private Security in South Africa


people were securities is dangerous job everyone has his own law to do things every time people got knives but firearm they got weapons shooting shooting I asked my stress the police is for this is for this [Music] fondly known as the tavern by the seas Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and the second largest after Johannesburg the port capital is renowned for its scenic beauty and culture but also has a conflicted history apartheid South Africa system of racial segregation ended 20 years ago but inequality and violence continue to plague the country last year the South African Police announced the country’s worst crime stats in nearly a decade the country averages 45 murders a day two times as many as the rest of Africa and more than four times the International average but Cape Town and it’s blooming tourism industry show little signs of this unrest except for all the electric fences private security is a billion-dollar industry in South Africa a consequence of the country’s social inequality violent history and inept police force to see how the Western Cape earned its reputation as the most violent province in South Africa we went to the communities of kaliesha and Mitchell’s plane in the Cape Flats where two-thirds of Cape Town’s murders take place we met with Philip a resident of kaliesha and security industry employee for him safety is a concern both on and off the job buy they buy don’t know what I’m doing because they think I’m collecting recycling portals because if they can know I’m working who they once were positive Court will it prove the uniform the destination of the portals so I don’t fossilize with much friends they will know my routines they will want to know how I’m working you know as a security I’m protecting like people from subparts people from big towns big buildings big businesses you know where you see flashy stuff where else you coming from very very poor environment you know it’s big risk it’s big stress why they do the private century in Cape Town is because someone is breaking a window of the car or someone is trying to break in in some way you know Polly see they can afford to do that’s why they need the private security there’s a serious lack of safety resources in the Cape Flats but it’s actually home to many guards that work in the private security industry which is one of the largest entry-level employers in the country there’s a high demand for additional protection in these areas but with a third of the population unemployed few residents can afford private security and even fewer companies are willing to work there Mitchell’s plane a neighboring community reports more crime annually than any other precinct in South Africa especially related to gang violence one security company however is up to the challenge of working there we went on a patrol with a guard from soccerpro an armed response company that does its best to protect the families that live in this crime-ridden area this is now a major span which explains a very dangerous area you don’t go in the evident of the necessary tools Sitka Pro has been operating in the Mitch’s plane area for lost 20 years we do commercial and residential alarm systems of the reaction all of that relationship like with families that live in the area all we got to protect the families in the areas most of our stuff is also coming from this area that lives in this area works in the area by the end of day we all just try to save lives so normally groups of people water doing R&F in a tester on the right hand side of nearby see the other came in there that dollar she made a leave now it’s all for fathers it’s time for them to come into the areas now and again bosses they don’t tolerate stuff like this they will actually walk up to us a lot all of us and we’ll be standing with nothing to better understand the reality Cape Town residents are living in we went to speak with Dan Plata Minister of Community Safety for the Western Cape well there’s a couple of challenges facing the Western Cape with regard to safety and security we’re facing a major drug problem shootings on a week to week basis killings of gang members we need to get people to do something else instead of sitting and drinking and taking a sharp object and stabbed or someone to death but it is not possible for the police to man it’s in every street in in the captain there’s not enough police officers available to do that but the private security companies is playing a major role within our communities across the Western Cape they fall that gap they roam the street when they see crime is happening when they detect something is not okay and kosher they report to the South African Police Services with nearly half a million registered private security guards and almost 9,000 companies the private security industry in South Africa is larger than the country’s police and army combined the scale of the industry has everything to do with the country’s past after decades of systemic racial oppression South Africa held its first democratic election in 1994 but it was an unstable transition severe racial prejudice continued under the black majority the new government disbanded the South African Defence Force a skilled army but also a painful reminder of the forced segregation of apartheid this shake-up left many white officers without jobs or demoted beneath their less experienced black counterparts who are elected to leadership roles in the government army and police force often without proper training or experience some of these white former officers left the government altogether and took their skills to the private sector over the years this continual shift has left the country with an embarrassing police force reports of police brutality in South Africa have more than tripled in the last decade faith in the system is severely strained as only one in a hundred cases filed against officers actually results in criminal conviction the South African police declined to comment for this story the continued public distrust of the police has in turn sped the growth of the private security sector it is also produced companies whose responsibilities go far beyond alarm installation to see this type of business in action we went to bastard alarms a local security provider in the northern suburbs of the Western Cape all these post offices are always the first respondents so even before the police or the ambulance arrived in the premises we are they first so the armed response officer must have the means and the qualifications in order to handle the emergency if it’s a fire it’s a medical or if it’s a positive braking they need to have the necessary training and skills to handle that if you are on this bus officer you must have identification he’s obviously carrying his pepper spray his stone farm did you take the baton out and it can extends out we see ourselves as the last Boy Scouts so we help anybody that that lives within our operational area even though they’re not a paying client if you stuck next to the road your safety is our concern this is our community this is our neighborhood so we need to take care of of any situation that arises bravo Bravo central mafia central to survivor November meet each other in a chase sometimes the police could be very far away from the situation or from the location so what we do then is we will follow the vehicle to a certain area where we are not area bound and then we will contact the police saying the last location was this way or that way but the police are usually always on party chase after the vehicle it’s the area that you’re going into is every and prostitution drugs why are you yeah I I was a gang bang crowd being bankrupt yeah did you have a business no I broke yeah I do if I may also how did you get broken was it the drugs just an action with such a high demand and an imbalance of skills and resources crime has become commodified in South Africa the free market for safety clearly benefits the wealthiest residents in the country where the average white South African earned six times what a non-white resident earns in certain areas some residents are willing to pay multiple companies to buy the peace of mind and rapid response that the police failed to provide 24/7 security monitoring is common and entry-level positions are often filled by employees like Phillip who’s all too familiar with signs of danger see this the panic we I’m scared of those guys I don’t trust those four guys five guys I press there will come quick quick quick here so first I must click click to the to the point first so now he’s going to send me to another house to check everything to that house that’s one thing I do is the Machine flat wound Patrol and report anything you see a report report report so I have to go there to my chair there’s a Pokemon record every patrol I to maybe I made them is taking a talk out you know most they’ve gotten a glazed watches earrings those boys are coming down from the mountain yes everything god yeah that is why we here for those things like that talking to me in Khayelitsha where you live what about private security Oh dad dying every day they die because there’s a big malls they are making safe the mall they get shot it’s not ideal to have people living with barbed wire fencing and high walls massive security systems it says to me something on the safety front is not all together I think private security companies will be with us for quite a lengthy period of time we would love to have such a vibrant South African Police Services to fall all the gaps and to fulfill all the roles and responsibilities but reality is having that that we do not have that luxury unfortunately but it is not only for the government to do it alone but for each and every citizen to play his or her part and role as well we met with Mark Stewart a cape town resident and a member of his local neighborhood watch or role many civilians have been forced to fill having a security company to a vacant core is quite expensive you got to pay a monthly subscription of about three or four hundred and a lot of these people they described by you know so they depend on the neighborhood watch to a certain degree owns beer car [Music] now what happens is when we see something like this we approach the guy because obviously we don’t see this as a major threat and if we suspect something then we call it in yes mister but Sookie when you community of studio pan-african dresses a bereavement as a taxpayer I expect the police to take this responsibility but I know that the resources are limited in terms of it as a citizen of the country I put it I’ve taken it upon myself to get involved the private security industry has its own shortcomings as well despite strict regulation the size of the market and the public’s desperation allows for Anette firms to provide subpar services for subpar price some companies have been accused of poor training inadequate vetting superficial background checks as well as failing to pursue disciplinary action against employees who break the law inside jobs are often rumored but hard to prove with such a demand for services the public is left with little options you must remember that this is a business first and as soon as you start utilizing your resources where you don’t have an income from you are taking away first of all the sources from waits needed from people at Spade now we’re moving it to an area where you are needed but nobody is paying towards that then studies the government’s responsibility to make sure that law and order are being uphold within the country as beautiful as it is troubled Capetown really is a tale of two cities muggings and burglaries continue to be a concern but the fortification of wealthy neighborhoods has only added to the sense of segregation in the country the concern for safety among South Africa’s elite doesn’t come close to those living in poor underdeveloped communities where 80% of the crime in the country actually occurs Phillip guards a neighborhood that saw only four murders last year yet he lives in an area whose police precinct responded to over a hundred and sixty in that same time where he works private security companies profit from the perceived fear of crime where he lives the crime is very real and the profits go only to the criminals this is my my home this is my small kitchen you know when I want to entertain I don’t have TVs or all my things here on this clothes this is what I put on when I’m putting my putting my clothes preparing to go to work you need safety here you can’t go without safety my name tags for the way four o’clock in the morning my train is 20 past four now I have to to breathe in breathe out ring to God and nothing will happen today every day you have to pray there’s no day you won’t play when you go into it at that time on the mornings finishing praying and then I go [Music]

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  1. VICE News traveled to South Africa's mother city Cape Town to look at the lifestyle gap between those who can and cannot afford the luxury of safety.
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  2. Hatred and misunderstanding has always been a factor in human life I can't be mad at my South African Brothers for all the Injustice that was done to them in their own land begin taking out in the night from their homes and killed the black American face the similar oppression in the time of slavery being taken from their homes and murdered and their land seized their business burnt down now in South Africa the shoe is on the other foot South African feels his lands were taken and he's trying to take them back he has started to take back what was taken and white South Africa has forgotten their past they have forgotten the oppression that they have given the black South African I'm not saying this to start hate I'm not saying this to start racism I'm saying this cuz you have to remember your past in order to have a better future and in the past is forgotten it will somehow come back to haunt you

  3. I say give back to Caesar what is rightfully his what was wrongfully taken there is nothing in South Africa that is owned by any white man it was taken by the man and now the Zulus are taking it back but it angers me to listen to some of these white folks talk they talk as if they have the right what about their right during the time of colonization you wasn't thinking about their rights you were too busy trying to put them on slave ships and send them over here to America there's only one way to settle this problem in South Africa and that's to redistribute the wealth take back everything to zero and redistribute it and then and only then it would be fair and just I say that for all the colonies that lands were taken and indigenous people were pushed back

  4. ARGGHH I can't believe he blurts out the f-word, RIGHT ON CAMERA! And you include that in this documentary? How can you expect any nice, decent people to want to come here and watch this with language like that??

  5. Vice news is a sell out Soros funded libtard news outlet. How about reporting the genocide of white South African farmers by the outspoken racist black government Vice news. And the obvious encouraging of land appropriations, to a bunch of low intelligence morons, that run the farm into the ground, and cant feed even their own people. Report that Vice news, and I may even refrain from openly calling you FAKE NEWS. Like CNN. Soros FAKE news.

  6. Yes, the whites were assholes but the black SA are just destroying the country their past families worked hard to build… Now the Natives are in majoirty control.. They are letting their country fall into a shiit hole.. N. Mandela would sad to see this…
    BOTH WHITE AND BLACK PEOPLE WORKED HARD TO BUILD THE BEST AFRICAN COUNTRY IN THE WORLD… I'm from USA.. I Voted for Obama and he's still a horrible president like his white predecessors.. Get your shiit totgether.. I know Black people can make South Africa Better no that you're in power… but you please don't try to abuse your power and punish the colonizers… SA could be the best nation in Africa again, however you need to collaborate with your oppressors… They love SA also.. I USA, we give the cities to all Africans Americans run it.. They don't do a good job… I would hire Dave Chapelle for president if the man ran..
    good luck y'all forgive and forget…Just be thankful for the white Assholes and work with their children to show rest of Africa , natives can be in power and make a country greater..

  7. crime/murder rate being high has nothing to do with apartheid. crime/murder was much lower during. has everything to do with who's in charge right now

  8. You are so miss informed, they the blacks got a well oiled machine, they did nothing to it, the new black government just stole and corrupt everyone, get your facts right its nothing to do with apartheid its all about enriching themselves…

  9. You need to create employment and Better Educational institutions to make the place safe for everyone.

  10. the choice of who to subtitle is confusing… good report though, brought back memories of my time there!

  11. 7:00 Racial prejudice continued … yes, quite right. The Black majority decided to turn the tables and oppress the whites. There are as many anti white laws in effect now as there were anti black laws in the past. They constrain economic access to certain jobs just like in the past where jobs were reserved for white afrikaaners, now they are reserved for black people. Same old story. So your comments are true, but only accidentally true. You tried to convey the idea that the whites are still benefiting or in control. That is a blatant lie. A huge misrepresentation. Study something before you comment Mr Reporter. You seem ill informed and somewhat biased to say the least.

  12. I am white. I wish i was earning 6 times more then the average Black in south africa. That statement is incorrect. The wealthy in this country are mixed and not all white.

  13. I love how they make it sound like white Africans fault White Africans make money, so people have to steal it.

  14. let they do whatever they want, they want the land then let them have it, build a wall around Africa so they can stay there, do whatever they want and no one should go there + send back to Africa those Africans who are in Europe

  15. I definitely side with the white minority here. Yet…you see Philippe who wakes up at 4 o clock and probably is paid extremely little and you see why most black Africans are pretty savage.

    Apparently local whites do not really support good hard working blacks. So those blacks have no impact. So en masse the rest of blacks remain without any guidance. Like people like Philippe just get shot instead of being given opportunities to grow and love better. And that's something whites in RSA should blame themselves for. And that's the reason situation only gets worse.

  16. Seems pretty obvious to me that the solution is more wealth for those parts of the city, but sure. Fighting the symptoms with a private security army thats even harder to hold accountable is probably… more effective? No cheaper, thats the word I was looking for. Cheaper

  17. south africa was better when the whites watched over the blacks, im not saying aparthied, im saying that south africans should beg the whites to run their country if they ever want to see prosperity, the blacks stole everything from the whites when apartheid fell, and what did the blacks do with all that land and wealth they stole? they flushed it down the toilet and now with out the whites to protect them the blacks are killing each other in more numbers then ever, if the white were smart they'd take what they have left and leave the blacks to do what blacks do and thats kill each other, but if the blacks were smart they'd beg the whites to save them and organize their country and they'd protect them as white brothers in arms instead of using them as a scapegoat to why black cant keep their shit together with out whites to protect them from them selves, and this is coming from a black american.

  18. south africa was better when the whites watched over the blacks, im not saying aparthied, im saying that south africans should beg the whites to run their country if they ever want to see prosperity, the blacks stole everything from the whites when apartheid fell, and what did the blacks do with all that land and wealth they stole? they flushed it down the toilet and now with out the whites to protect them the blacks are killing each other in more numbers then ever, if the white were smart they'd take what they have left and leave the blacks to do what blacks do and thats kill each other, but if the blacks were smart they'd beg the whites to save them and organize their country and they'd protect them as white brothers in arms instead of using them as a scapegoat to why black cant keep their shit together with out whites to protect them from them selves, and this is coming from a black american.

  19. man all the black nations are a fucking embaressment, thats why im black american and proud, we are the only people doing it right, together as americans, lool at haiti fucking tropical paradise if haitians would stop fucking around with their corruption bullshit, trump was right total shit hole and its fucking sad, if haitians would get their shit strait and make their country safe they would be rolling in fucking tourist dollars, they would all be swimming in cash, but instead they shit in the streets, drugs, aids and crime is all they have because all they can do is blame white people who havent been there in 300 years, is just fucking stupid, all these african countries all fucking shit holes cuz they cant stop fucking around, each one is beautiful and full of good people who are pussies to afraid to take their countries back from the criminals that rule and ruin them! GET YOUR FUCKING BACK ASSES IN LINE AND GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND BRING IN THE TOURISTS AND THE OPPERTUNITIES AND JOBS THAT COME WITH THEM, YA'LL DONT NEED THE U.N. YA'LL DONT NEED THE HAND OUTS JUST STOP FUCKING AROUND LIKE LITTLE FUCKING IGNORANT CHILDREN CRYING FOR WHITE DADDY TO COME SAVE YOU!! and dont let the chinese in you fucking retards, ya'll let china in cuz you think they are gonna help, but what you gonna get is a chinese coloney that will wipe ya'll out without a second thought and soon you'll have black folk organs on the black market and a chinese looking speaking africa! GET YA'LL SHIT TOGETHER!! FUCKING EMBARRASSING!

  20. man all the black nations are a fucking embaressment, thats why im black american and proud, we are the only people doing it right, together as americans, lool at haiti fucking tropical paradise if haitians would stop fucking around with their corruption bullshit, trump was right total shit hole and its fucking sad, if haitians would get their shit strait and make their country safe they would be rolling in fucking tourist dollars, they would all be swimming in cash, but instead they shit in the streets, drugs, aids and crime is all they have because all they can do is blame white people who havent been there in 300 years, is just fucking stupid, all these african countries all fucking shit holes cuz they cant stop fucking around, each one is beautiful and full of good people who are pussies to afraid to take their countries back from the criminals that rule and ruin them! GET YOUR FUCKING BACK ASSES IN LINE AND GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND BRING IN THE TOURISTS AND THE OPPERTUNITIES AND JOBS THAT COME WITH THEM, YA'LL DONT NEED THE U.N. YA'LL DONT NEED THE HAND OUTS JUST STOP FUCKING AROUND LIKE LITTLE FUCKING IGNORANT CHILDREN CRYING FOR WHITE DADDY TO COME SAVE YOU!! and dont let the chinese in you fucking retards, ya'll let china in cuz you think they are gonna help, but what you gonna get is a chinese coloney that will wipe ya'll out without a second thought and soon you'll have black folk organs on the black market and a chinese looking speaking africa! GET YA'LL SHIT TOGETHER!! FUCKING EMBARRASSING!

  21. You can't mix two races when one race has an average IQ two standard deviations above the other race. It simply won't work.

  22. Black people built the pyramids oldest civilization the world has ever seen. "Go read the book how europe underdeveloped africa" Europeans has been nothing but acted bunch of uncivilized savages/thugs through history..
    We black people were on the rise in 1400 before you came and fucked everything up.. go read the "how Europe underdeveloped Africa" before you open your filthy Savage mouths!!

  23. This is just more proof that separating the people was the right thing to do. Apartheid works to this day, in Israel, for example. Mixing these different peoples together was the biggest mistake…

  24. It the white guys that are trying to help out the poor people. White South Africans get a bad rap. It''s bullshit. There was apartheid for a reason: these are animals that form gangs annd are violent for fun.

  25. Vice is nothing but Communist propaganda! The RSA was a first world country prior to 1994 with the highest standard of living for Blacks in all of Africa and just look at it now! Hope you're happy you degenerate bastards!

  26. Sad for South Africa. The black majority government should take full advantage of white professionalism in governance rather than playing racial separation. Like it or not, whites still rule the roost, and the suffering black population cannot blame them for their troubles, ok?

  27. So how life without "evil apartheid " whites?))You future is rodezia, I think you now what happen with whites in that country)))

  28. load the fuckers in a boat and drop all of them in Iraq and only then the fucking criminals will know what is violence .

  29. Never met such a biased reporter, the blacks took over then the country has went to shit, please name one African country that is doing really well? It’s a tragedy all the people are having a hard time.

  30. I used to work with an engineer and he told me stories of how the gang rob the aircraft cargo on the runway on the day he landed and taxi drivers does not stop at red light on certain parts of town.

  31. It is a total disgrace that the citizens of this country must pay for their own safety and security even though it is one of the rights for the people of the country under the constitution of this country what is even more appalling is the fact that we have to pay VAT on your monthly payment to a security company – this means the government makes money out of the citizens twice – once through taxes which should be used towards the police force but this is not done, and again when we have to pay VAT on hiring a private security company to safeguard us and our families

  32. I get it….the locals should be turning up because those jobs should be going to the locals. The root of the local evils is foriegn malinvestments.

  33. That's South Africa for you people. You got to call the police 2 hours before the incident for them to arrive on time.😂

  34. It's very strange. Middle Eastern and Indian type people are benefiting from all the problems in the world???

    Something is wrong here.

    Ya ya middle Eastern gangs in Capetown. In Canada, in Japan, in London, etc

    In fact people …if Islam never existed…you would still have these people inventing god and dress up a crazy man to enslave people. And they would be behaving like this everywhere ..such as they are.

    What we see here is the entire evidence that these people have a genetic issue…bred criminals.

    That's the real problem.

    Murderers are trying to say it's ok to live a normal life after all their take, murder and theft.etc I don't think so.

  35. this is what happens when capitalism fails because of rampant corruption, malfeasance and inequality. as a south African, i can confirm this is the true representation of cape town, there are two South Africa's, for the rich and for the poor.

  36. Sooo why you put his face and voice on blast like that 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  37. With big IQ inequality comes big economic inequality, blacks in SAR aren't victims of white people, they're just dumb.

  38. I just could guess that that 83,2 % of gold mining and fine gems profit wich still heading to Europe and else western is not needed to fix this broken youth. Along with that billion tourist industry.

  39. There's no money for police yet the president upgraded his private mansion security for R 350 million (upgrades which include a swimming pool, chicken run and many more…).

  40. Its weird seeing a different perspective on things, I've lived in SA all my life and I think while it has problems I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

  41. I find it sadly ironic that a man who is paid to protect people in an affluent area has a much higher risk of being murdered in the neighborhood he actually lives in.

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