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Strikes won't affect security

2010-06-15 17:22

Cape Town - Strikes by Soccer World Cup marshals will not affect security at the world's biggest sporting event, says government spokesperson Themba Maseko.

"We want to assure fans that security guards on strike is not going to affect security at this event," Maseko told a post-Cabinet media briefing on Tuesday.

He said enough police officers had been drafted in to do the work of security guards who went on strike in demand of higher wages since the start of the tournament last week.

Guards walked off the job at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town on Monday and the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sunday.

They clashed with police after Sunday night's game between Germany and Australia in Durban. The guards overturned refuse bins and hurled objects at police early on Monday morning and the police in turn fired rubber bullets.

Maseko said the police were ready and on standby to deal with any situation.

"An additional 44 000 policemen were actually made available just for the event to make sure we can deal with any eventuality.

Fans do not have any worries or anything to fear about the security arrangements for the matches," he said.


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