Private security company Professional Protection Alternatives (PPA) must take responsibility for its guards sending beachgoers at Cape Town’s Clifton Beach packing during last December.

A Weekend Argus report says the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) turned down an application by PPA interdicting the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority from proceeding with an inquiry into improper conduct against it over the matter.

The security company received notice from the regulatory authority that five of its guards had been suspended and had been fined R10 000 each.

PPA told the court that a settlement agreement was reached in terms of which PPA would pay a fine of R100 000.

There was also an additional fine of R100 000, suspended for three years.

The security watchdog, however, told the court that it had made it clear to PPA that this agreement had to be discussed with management before it could be made final. The PPA felt that the watchdog organisation went back on its word regarding the R100 000 fine and was trying to make an example out of it.

It approached the court to enforce the original settlement that had been arrived at.

Acting Judge M Mtati said although it appeared that the parties had entered into the settlement negotiations in good faith, it was the security regulatory body that had the final word on whether it accepted the agreement or not.

He said the agreement had not been signed. For this reason, it was not yet a final settlement.

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