NSGWU Accuses Security Company Owners of Negligence

THE secretary-general of the Namibia Security Guard and Watchmen Union (NSGWU), David Frans, has accused security company owners in the country of failing to provide proper training to security guards, saying this was negligence in the workplace.

Frans made these remarks in response to a shooting incident that occurred at the bus terminal in Oshakati early this week, involving a security guard and several bus drivers.

About seven people were rushed to the Oshakati intermediate hospital for treatment of gun-shot wounds after a quarrel erupted between a security guard belonging to Shilimela security company and bus loaders at Okatana service station at Oshakati on Monday resulted in the discharge of the guard’s service firearm.

“The incident at Oshakati is really shocking and unfortunate but I blame the security company owners who do not want to comply with the Security Act and provide proper training to the security guards. Many security companies are not sufficiently regulated and the guards are not trained on how to use firearms at workplaces, which is why such things keep on happening,” said Frans.

Frans added that NSGWU will continue to ensure that all security guards in the country are provided firearms, proper clothing and training in order to avoid such incidences in the future.

Banda Shilimela, the owner of Shilimela security company, blamed the bus loaders and drivers for the altercation and not the security guards.

“Unfortunately there is nothing that we can do. The bus drivers are to blame for this because they are the ones causing havoc at bus terminals and there is nothing we can do to prevent it from happening in the future,” said Shilimela, adding that his company was contracted by a recognised body to ensure law and order at the Okatana bus terminal.

Shilimela said that the firearm went off accidentally after a security guard belonging to his company was assaulted by the loaders. He further urged members of the public not to attack men and women in uniform (armed or not) to prevent such incidences.

Source : The Namibian