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Durban - Hector Britts, the Rocca Bar bouncer who has been arrested for the shooting and killing of patron Craigh Botha at the nightclub almost two weeks ago, was not registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority as a security official.
Hector Britts is not registered to render any private security services,” a spokeswoman for the authority, Siziwe Zulu, told The Mercury on Wednesday.
Zulu said Britts applied in June 2009 to be registered, but his application was refused.
In this instance, if he is rendering any service, he is operating illegally,” she said.
Britts allegedly shot Botha in the stomach after a fight broke out in the VIP section of the Morningside club, while Botha’s former wife, Cindy, watched.
Botha was taken to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital after the shooting and received emergency surgery, but died last Sunday.
Local club owners have expressed concern, all lamenting the fact that Britts was carrying a firearm in the club.
“As a club owner and security company owner, it is illegal for any of my bouncers to carry firearms,” said Mike Milton, the former owner of Florida Road club, Boulevard. Milton said when it came to drunken patrons fighting with his bouncers, who were registered with the regulatory authority, possessing a firearm “did not make sense” and the police should rather be called in extreme situations.
The owner of Origin nightclub in Glenwood, Martin McHale, said his bouncers did not carry firearms and all were affiliated to the regulatory authority.
“All our (security) staff are registered, graded, and trained. We take it very seriously. The safety of our patrons is always paramount,” he said.
McHale said working as a bouncer was not the easiest profession, but “it was their job” and they were professionals trained to handle any situation that arose.
“The problem arises when clubs hire guys off the street,” said Andrew Loubser, the owner of Live – The Venue.
He said security staff, which included his own, should be registered to ensure they were capable of working as bouncers, and, secondly, should not carry firearms.
The Rocca Bar management could not be reached for comment.
Britts, who was arrested last Wednesday, made a brief court appearance this week and will appear again next Wednesday when he is expected to apply for bail.