South Africa: special courts for 2010

23/11/2009 at 12:58 7 comments

Safety and security is one of the greatest worries of soccer fans who are contemplating traveling to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. This is not without reason, as South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world.

It seems the South African authorities are taking safety and security related worries seriously. For starters, 50.000 extra cops are being trained as we speak, specifically for 2010. Secondly, South Africa is to set up 54 special courts to efficiently deal with crimes committed during the 2010 World Cup.

In addition, the justice ministry has vowed that cases of any foreigners involved in crimes, both victims or perpetrators, will receive priority.

“The experience from previous host countries has shown the influx of foreign nationals in World Cups also potentially increases criminal activities,” a statement from the justice ministry said.

The court system, including the training of judges, lawyers and volunteers, will cost about one million rand.

Source: BBC World


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