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4 stadiums hit by strike

2010-06-15 14:52

Johannesburg - The police will provide security at four World Cup stadiums amid protests over wages, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) said on Tuesday.

The stadiums are Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Cape Town Stadium and Soccer City and Ellis Park stadiums in Johannesburg.

On Tuesday, security workers clashed with the police in a parking lot under Moses Mabhida Stadium after Germany's 4-0 win over Australia.

Stallion Security is the service provider at the four stadiums.

LOC spokesperson Rich Mkhondo said there was an agreement in place between the police, Stallion Security and the LOC, but that until further notice the police would provide security services at the affected stadiums.

Spectators not at risk

"At no time was the security of spectators at risk," he told a media briefing at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Mkhondo said the risk of strikes was being "assessed and monitored".

He said Rea Vaya bus drivers returned to work on Tuesday after downing tools after a match on Monday.

The bus drivers' strike left dozens of fans stranded after the game at Soccer City between the Netherlands and Denmark.

Mkhondo said it was up to the host city to make sure there were backup transport plans in place in the event of another strike.

He said there were regular meetings between service providers and the organising committee.

He said that "putting the tournament at risk" would not be tolerated.

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