Police, military, spooks ready for IPL

The South African security forces comprising the South African Police Service, South African National Defence Force and the National Intelligence Agency say they are ready to safeguard the Indian Premier League.
The cricket tournament was moved to SA from India because of safety concerns. Matches which will be taking place at eight stadiums in six provinces – Gauteng, the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and the Northern Cape.
“The ability of the South African security forces to safe guard major events has been internationally recognized with 141 international events having taken place in South Africa since 1994 without any serious incident, police spokeswoman Director Sally de Beer says.  
“We are confident that we have the capacity to ensure a safe and secure environment for the 2009 General Elections to take place freely and fairly and to safe guard the Indian Premier League matches. The South African security forces have the ability to handle multiple events in various provinces,” she adds.   
“We are confident that, from past experience, both spectators and local communities will cooperate with security forces to ensure a successful tournament.”