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18 May 2010 :: 11:05:12 am 20731

South Africa Flexes Police Muscle Ahead of World Cup

South Africa police and elite security personnel reassured fans about their safety concerns for the impending World Cup on Sunday. The specialised police personnel staged a somewhat entertaining display of various planned security procedures and manoeuvres in front of a joyous Johannesburg crowd.
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South Africa, the 18th of May 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Police paraded through the streets of Johannesburg with a convoy of vehicles including; hijack vans, police cars, fire engines, paramedic vehicles and heavy riot trucks. Elite security personnel also staged mock operations which included a helicopter drop and abseiling down a building.

An official statement regarding the demonstrations stated that the intention was to “reassure millions of soccer fans that South Africa is more than ready to effectively police the World Cup.” Security and crime have been one of the biggest issues affecting the successful staging of a World Cup in South Africa. Over 50 murders are reported everyday, almost the equivalent of the murder rate in the US which has 6 times the population.

The tactical display came as a popular national radio station announced to the country that they had successfully managed, over the last three months, to board various domestic flights in possession of knives, razor blades, screwdrivers and syringes without being detected. ACSA, the airport security firm responsible for the airport checks at this year’s tournament said that it was currently investigating these claims and will tighten procedures in preparation for the impending competition.

The South African government has continuously reassured fans that they will be fully protected by a Bt5.5 billion (US$173 million) security plan which includes the deployment of over 41,000 police. Despite the governments reassurances police Minister Nathi Mthetwa has advised foreign visitors to remain vigilant stating; “We are aware that criminals may want to take advantage… we urge them (tourists) to exercise caution”.

In breaking news, Iraqi security forces have detained an Al-Qaida militant suspected of planning an attack targeting the World Cup in South Africa next month, an official said on Monday. As yet these reports have not been further substantiated and South African officials have not be informed any further in relation to the alleged terrorist attack.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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