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Security walks off in CT

2010-06-14 19:01
Italian fan. (Alessandra Tarantino, AP)

Johannesburg - Security officials meant to monitor happenings at the World Cup match between Italy and Paraguay on Monday evening have walked off, the Local Organising Committee said.

Spokesperson Rich Mkhondo said the committee had asked the SA Police Force to take over security services at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town and Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban until further notice.

"The request came after stewards left their posts following a wage dispute with their employer, Stallion Security Consortium Pty (Ltd)," Mkhondo said in a statement.

"The police have taken over responsibility for the security at Green Point stadium for the match between Italy and Paraguay due to start at 20:30 tonight."

He said gates were open and police were in control.

"The match will kick off as scheduled."

OC chief executive Danny Jordaan said this was unacceptable and action could be taken.

"This is an employer, employee wage dispute. Although we have respect for workers' rights, we find it unacceptable for them to disrupt match day proceedings and will not hesitate to take action in such instances."

The OC said it would continue to monitor the situation.

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