Cele outlines police SWC plan

2010-04-22 15:12
Johannesburg - Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele has outlined South Africa's plan to make the Soccer World Cup the 'best ever'.

44 000 police officers as well as security experts from the United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom will be on hand to ensure that the tournament runs smoothly with all 43 expected heads of state as well as the 32 teams to be provided with personal security.

Cele told the Sowetan: "We are ready. We believe we have done everything that we are supposed to do to ensure that we host one of the best, if not the best, World Cup ever."

Security will be provided on the routes the countries will use to and from airports as well as at their hotels and en route to the stadiums for training and matches.

The comprehensive security will even extend as far as providing North Korea with similar measures, even though they are based in Zimbabwe.

Cele added: "If anything happens to the North Koreans, FIFA will not ask Zimbabwe what happened, they will ask South Africa."

He continued: "All nine international airports will be under the South African police as the first point of contact for those arriving in the country by air."

Other aspects of the plan include deploying members of the South African National Defence Force at border posts around the country while games that are regarded as high risk will enjoy extra security, including closing off of the airspace over the city in question.
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