National police commissioner Bheki Cele says security plans for next year’s FIFA Soccer World Cup meets “international standards and have been used as a benchmark by the United Nations”, although he did not explain how.
“I’m confident to announce that all our plans are underway and South Africa will host the event with diligence and pride, knowing that our security plans meet international standards and have been used as a benchmarking model by the United Nations," he told representatives of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO) in Durban.
The South African Press Association reports from there border control is likely to be relaxed next year to allow the smooth movement of people through SARPCCO countries during the soccer tournament.
All SADC countries are SARPCCO members. Cele, who is SARPCCO chairman, says the movement of spectators across South Africa’s borders will require improved co-operation between government agencies and departments.
Meanwhile, Eyewitness News reported that the Department of Home Affairs was making “a significant contribution” to ensure the success of the 2010 FIFA draw to be held in Cape Town tomorrow.
Deputy Minister Malusi Gigaba says measures implemented include monitoring logjams, passenger processing and having dedicated lanes at OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport for FIFA delegates making their way to the country.
Gigaba added strict plans have been put in place to make sure paedophiles and soccer hooligans stay outside South Africa’s borders next June.
“Those people are already on the lists of Interpol or FIFA and other international agencies. We then blacklist those people, we cooperate with the airlines to share their lists with us, so that we can then check against the prohibited list,” Gigaba explained.
Pic: A National Intervention Unit commando during a World Cup preparation exercise last year.