The Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula has has revealed those responsible for the high rate of crimes in South Africa.

The Minister said criminals have found a loophole in having access to weapons through registering security companies in the country.

South Africa’s numerous private security companies posed a danger to society and were in urgent need of regulation, police minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday.

“These companies pose a danger to society and their strong regulation is required,” said Mbalula. A bill to this effect was awaiting the signature of president Jacob Zuma, he said. “This bill will go a long way in addressing many of the related challenges.

“Criminals have found a loophole in having access to weapons through registering security companies in South Africa. The private security industry regulatory authority, which is under my ministry, has been instructed to do a nationwide audit of the security companies that offer close protection services, also called bodyguards.”

He was speaking at the notorious Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi.

He said the nationwide audit of private security companies would include data collection and ensuring compliance with the law. Companies found wanting would lose their operating licences.

The recent video that was circulated on social media showing two private security guards seated in a vehicle brandishing guns and making death threats was a “crass display of weapons”, according to Mbalula, and an indictment on the private security industry.