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Sié Chéou-Kang CenterPrivate Security Monitor

An expert from ArmorGroup (left) trains local members of the Nepal and Maoist Armies on the safe removal of unexploded devices.

National Regulations

South Africa

South Africa's private military and security services have thrived in recent years, whether it is the provision of security protection within South Africa in the face of significant crime levels, or the provision of security services outside its borders. The external private security industry in South Africa initially grew from military personnel employed during the apartheid years, post-apartheid many retired from the military and turned to private security services to continue their careers. With concerns that this latter type of security service undermines peace and security in the African Continent and beyond, South Africa has passed legislation in recent years seeking to heavily restrict the operations of such companies from South Africa as well as create a sophisticated domestic regulatory framework for governing the industry.

South Africa Legislation

South Africa: Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance, No. 15 1998

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This law is the current authority for non-domestic private security originating from South Africa. The act defines activities which qualify as 'foreign military assistance' and outlines the rules and the body for regulating assistance, the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).