Final Draw: safety prio number one

30/11/2009 at 13:06 6 comments


With safety and security being one of the biggest worries and priorities with regards to the 2010 FIFA soccer world cup, Cape Town has drawn up an extensive security plan as part of the preparations for the event’s Final Draw! With this, Cape Town solidly reinforces  its previous statement that ‘it is ready’ for the Final Draw for the 2010 world cup.

Almost 1600 police officers will be on duty just before, during, and the days after the Final Draw of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled for 4 December 2009 in Cape Town. During the event the 2010 match schedule will be revealed, a moment which is being anticipated by soccer fans world wide. A rush on football tickets and accommodation for the world cup football is expected straight after the event.

The officers of the South African Police Service (SAPS) will be working closely together with army personnel, private security personnel and intelligence agents, to ensure that the Final Draw will be incident free. The price tag of the security measures: 800.000 euro (8 million rand).

According to André Pruis, who heads World Cup-related operations for the police, some of the 1 587  police agents that will be deployed just before and after the event during which the match schedule of the 2010 FIFA world cup will be revealed, have been drafted in from other parts of South Africa, to help Cape Town’s local police force.

All local SAPS and metro police officers are either on duty or on standby until the curtain comes down. They will be reinforced by members of the defense force, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), customs, home affairs, disaster management, members of the special task force, and officers from the anti-terrorism unit.

“In the coming days, the officers will become visible in cars, helicopters, on horseback and on foot”, said Pruis. “A number of covert mechanisms are also in place, including plain-clothes patrols and hidden cameras at ground and aerial level. We are taking no chances,” he said in a press release.

When it comes to safety and security, South Africa is taking no risk during the 2010 world cup: 50.000 extra cops are being trained as we speak, every stadium will boast a special police station and police cells, and 54 special 2010 world cup courts are being established to deal with 2010 related crime effectively.

The Final Draw is expected to be a massive party in Cape Town, which will host a music festival on Long Street. Despite the road closures in the area, most residents have said to be looking forward to the event.

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