Categories Business Tech World Crime rates mean more ordinary South Africans get bodyguards Post author By vanirexodus Post date March 8, 2022 No Comments on Crime rates mean more ordinary South Africans get bodyguards Terrified South Africans, international tourists and executives on local business trips are increasingly taking refuge in the country’s cities in the company of bodyguards as the country’s violent crime rates reach crisis levels. Unlike in the past, these guards are no longer just the preserve of VIP individuals or politicians, who usually have their taxpayer-funded protection teams, but ordinary wealthy South Africans and professionals concerned about the safety of public spaces being ravaged. by murder, kidnapping, hi-jacking, rioting and rape, including shelling for personal protection. https://www.The Vanir-exodus.co.za/news/south-africa/crime/3037674/gautengs-alleged-kidnapping-kingpin-arrested/ Whether it’s a family outing, jogging, shopping or the first date of a daughter, attending … . Terrified South Africans, international tourists and executives on local business trips are increasingly taking refuge in the country’s cities in the company of bodyguards as the country’s violent crime rates reach crisis levels. Unlike in the past, these guards are no longer just the preserve of VIP individuals or politicians, who usually have their taxpayer-funded protection teams, but ordinary wealthy South Africans and professionals concerned about the safety of public spaces being ravaged. by murder, kidnapping, hi-jacking, rioting and rape, including shelling for personal protection. Be it a family outing, jogging, shopping or daughter’s first date, attending public or social events such as weddings and parties, safety seems to be a major concern for these individuals. “You could cruise around and someone could just walk up to you, drop you, pack your things and go. That’s becoming the norm now… unfortunately it’s getting out of hand and a lot of people are noticing that,” said a bodyguard from Johannesburg who asked not to be named. commit a murder It is this fear and public panic that has created a thriving market for private security companies offering bodyguards, as well as independent bodyguards. The aforementioned bodyguard, calling himself a “mercenary”, said he could earn between R1,500 and R350,000 per day, depending on the nature of the job and the client. According to personal protection experts, interest in bodyguards has skyrocketed over the past three years, but has gone largely unnoticed as guards prefer to stay in the shadows and urge their clients to be discreet. Since they don’t necessarily wear serious faces, dark suits, sunglasses, and coiled ears, it’s nearly impossible to notice a bodyguard. “You don’t want to draw attention… your choice of firearms too… You don’t want to swing back and forth with this huge gun. That’s just too much attention. I dress neatly, but not in such a way that I look like a federal agent. I have no less than 60 ammunition on me,” said the guard. Last week, he escorted a woman from her home in the affluent suburb of Westcliff, Johannesburg, to buy a horse in the city’s dangerous suburbs. And it’s not just those from the leafy and affluent suburbs of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, but also the high earners of the townships who use bodyguards, said private bodyguard David Musapha. A former police officer with tactical response training, he entered the private security industry after there was an increasing demand for him to escort people from his neighborhood in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria. “I accompany children to school in the CBD of Pretoria, business people to meetings or to and from the airport. I did matric dancing and once I had to accompany a family to pay lobola. I’m never without customers,” he says. Dangerous country South Africa is considered one of the most dangerous countries to visit, crime expert and owner of investigations and risk advisory firm D&K Management Consultants, said Kyle Condon He said the risk assessment and management of several international companies have unofficially rated SA as very risky to their executives. “Their rating, their perceived level of crime rate SA as a high risk country to visit and want to make sure their executives are safe in the country. Over the past three years, we’ve also seen an increase in your ordinary people getting private defense services,” Condon said. South Africa ranks fourth in the global crime rankings by country, after Venezuela, Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan. In 2017, South Africans spent R45 billion annually on private security to protect their lives, assets, homes and businesses. 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