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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Rebecca Davis.]

South Africa’s private security industry was thrust into the spotlight in December 2018, when guards from Cape Town’s PPA Security company were accused of moving people off Clifton Beach at the request of the area’s wealthy homeowners. But the Clifton incident is just the tip of the iceberg. The private security industry dwarfs the South African Police Service in size, with well over twice as many private security officials as police officers. The industry argues that it is providing a vital social service — but critics say that it is increasingly, and illegally, usurping the powers of police.

When Dominic September is out on patrol, it’s him vs the baddies.

“Baddies” is a word that September uses a lot. He is a genial 35-year-old who laughs easily, but when it comes to discussing his job he grows serious.

“It’s a passion, catching baddies,” he says.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in May 2019 (CPI) & +6.4 y/y in May 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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