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Civil Security

Police budget R1.3 billion for soccer security

The South African Police service has budgeted R1.3 billion to safeguard this June’s Confederation Cup and 2010’s Soccer World Cup.   Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo says of this some R660 million is being used to pay for new equipment – some delivered – and R640 million for deployment.  

Upsurge of fighting in Somalia among heaviest in recent months: UN

United Nations humanitarian officials say last week saw some of the heaviest fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, in recent months.   At least 55 civilians are estimated to have been killed and more than 80 others wounded, according to local hospital records cited by The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).   .  

“We are not the worst” – Eastern Cape police

The Eastern Cape police say they have “noted with great concern” newspaper reports that the Parliamentary portfolio committee on safety and security considers them “to be the worst province in SA, in terms of policing.”  

UN Peacebuilding Commission calls for stability in Guinea-Bissau

The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission has called on Guinea-Bissau’s Government and other senior national figures to do all they can to maintain political stability and avoid violence in the wake of last weekend’s unsuccessful coup attempt by dissident elements of the military.   Meeting in New York yesterday, the Commission urged Guinea-Bissau to ensure that the country remains under civilian rule, respects the rule of law and continues to implement its security and defence sector reform plans.  

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