Private Security Firms utilised by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation or its entities reporting to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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QUESTION NO: 2179 (NW2702E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 25-2012 OF 17 AUGUST 2012

Mr JRB Lorimer (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

Whether (a) her department or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if so, in each case, (i) which firms and (ii) what is the (aa) purpose, (bb) value and (cc) duration of each specified contract?

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The Department does not make use of a private security firm at its Head Office.

South Africa has 126 Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates-General around the world and of those 67 Missions make use of private security firms to provide security services at the Chanceries, official residences and houses of transferred officials in some cases.  Most host governments provide security services at Chanceries, official residences and in certain instances at houses of transferred officials.

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