WITH regard to the article, "Fired for eating food they were hired to guard" (November 7) and the subsequent naming of Metro Security guards as hooligans of the day, while the individuals in question may indeed be entitled to the hooligan of the day label, Metro Security Services wishes to make it abundantly clear that these individuals are no longer in our employ and their actions do not represent those of the company nor the hundreds of trustworthy guards we have working for us across the Eastern Cape. In our eyes these men are the exception, rather than the rule.
Our guards work tirelessly to ensure the safety of people at businesses, public entities, hospitals and even children's homes. They put themselves in harm's way to ensure the safety of others and in our eyes are heroes of the day, every day.
Metro Security Services does not tolerate any form of criminal activity by our guards and will take action against any guard in our employ who is found guilty of such an offence.
We were never asked to respond to allegations by the security guards in question that they were underpaid and that this was what motivated them to steal the foodstuffs. Metro Security Services is a registered member of the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) and as such, our guards are reimbursed at, or above, the recommended wages set forth by PSIRA every year.
Kaashief Niekerk, operations director, Metro Security Services