Policing for Profit : The Future of South Africa's Private Security Industry

"A high degree of competition exists between South African private security companies. There are many small fly-by-night type security companies that provide a cheap but substandard service, thereby tarnishing the image and reputation of the industry as a whole. Through a number of mergers and takeovers, many of the larger private security companies have consolidated their position even further. There is a danger that a few large companies could end up dominating and even monopolising the South African private security market. Many of the larger South African private security companies have expanded their operations into other countries in Southern African. Private security companies have even involved themselves in political conflicts taking place on the subcontinent."