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316 held for Cup-related crimes

2010-06-29 13:53

Pretoria - Since the start of the Fifa World Cup 316 people have been arrested, 207 of them South Africans, for crimes related to the tournament, national police commissioner General Bheki Cele said on Tuesday.

Addressing a national press club briefing in Pretoria, Cele said 109 of those arrests were of foreign nationals with Ethiopians topping the list at 11.

"Ninety percent of the arrests have been in connection with theft and by far the majority of these cases can be attributed to negligence on the part of the lawful owner".

This was as many cellphones and laptops had been left unattended and then stolen.

Touching on the trespassing incident in the team England dressing room at the Cape Town Stadium by a British journalist, Cele said it was not a matter of a man simply finding himself in the wrong place but was rather an orchestrated effort to put World Cup security in a bad light.

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