Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
12 minute read
1 Mar 2020
9:00 pm

Who watches Big Brother? Joburg’s private surveillance cameras come under fire

Sipho Mabena

The rollout of a vast network of privately operated surveillance cameras across Johannesburg has prompted a number of investigations.

CCTV cameras are pictured in Melville, 17 January 2020. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The company rolling out a “super-smart” camera surveillance network has been accused of breaking the law to fight crime. Not only has the system been accused of being invasive but that it also breaks a number of laws. The company, Vumacam, is installing the artificial intelligence (AI) capable closed-circuit television (CCTV) to fight crime in Johannesburg suburbs. Police are investigating a criminal case against Vumacam and the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) has slapped the company and its director, Ricky Croock, with a code of conduct charge. Information regulator Advocate Pansy Tlakula is also probing allegations that Vumacam deployed unregulated...