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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Red Ants suspended from operating

JOHANNESBURG: The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA) on Tuesday announced it had suspended the business registration of Red Ant Security Relocation and Eviction Services.
Last month, PSiRA made the announcement that it was investigating the notorious demolitions company, commonly known as the "Red Ants. The company led the alleged human rights disregard of the dwellers of Alexandra when it conducted the unnerving demolitions on May 29.

PSiRA also announced that it intended to suspend the business registration of the company, pending representations from the company on why it should not be suspended from operating.
At the time, the Red Ants said they only became involved in the demolition of the illegal structures in Alexandra on May 31 after being ordered by the City of Johannesburg to do so.
 PSiRA said on Tuesday it had received representations from the Red Ants.
"After thoroughly considering all submitted representations, the authority has taken the decision to suspend the business’ registration during the course of the investigation. Accordingly, the company’s legal representative has been duly notified of our decision," PSiRA said.
PSiRA said the suspension meant that a security service provider may not render any service unless prior written consent from the authority was obtained.
"In terms of Section 30 of the (Private Security Industry) Act, a security service provider is entitled to appeal against a suspension to the minister of police", PSiRA CEO Manabela Chauke said.
The investigation is currently ongoing, the security company will not be operating until further notice.

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