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Security guards were filmed while lashing a man who allegedly stole peanut butter. Screenshots via Twitter.

‘Not in their scope of work’: Security officers in viral video to be suspended

PSIRA has confirmed that the two security officers filmed beating an alleged peanut butter thief have been asked not to report to work.

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Security guards were filmed while lashing a man who allegedly stole peanut butter. Screenshots via Twitter.

The Private Security Industry Regulatory  Authority (PSIRA) has confirmed that two security officers who were filmed beating a man who allegedly stole peanut butter have been asked not to report to work.

According to PSIRA, the incident happened on 9 September 2022 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal and the alleged shoplifter has been identified as Sandile Ngcobo. 

SECURITY OFFICERS IN VIRAL VIDEO SUSPENDED 

PSIRA said the company that employed the officers has asked them not to report to duty pending an official suspension as the investigation has begun. 

PSIRA also strongly condemned what it termed reckless violence inflicted on the alleged shoplifter in a certain retail store. 

“These brutal acts are condemned with the strongest contempt they deserve. As the regulating body for the private security industry we have launched an investigation and are watchfully looking into this act, the security officers involved as well as the company they work for for further investigation.”

PSIRA Director, Manamela Chauke said that Chapter 2 of the Code of Conduct for Security Service Providers, 2003 (8) it states that 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 the law. 

“In this instance, the alleged shoplifter was not using force towards the officers thus their reaction is not justifiable. Security officers are in the industry to serve society by protecting and not to harm them. By beating up a fellow human being for whatever reason is not in their scope of work and I strongly caution security officers against that.” 

Chauke said in such an instance, security officers could have followed the correct procedures by apprehending the alleged culprit and await the police to further investigate the matter. 

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