“No place for hooligans in 2010”

09/12/2009 at 12:09 6 comments

Football hooligans from for instance Europe will not be able to come to South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma affirmed during a press conference on Tuesday.

She said an advance passenger processing system was put in place to bar such people from entering South Africa. South Africa in this respect is working closely together with the authorities of countries that have a history of hooliganism, such as the UK, The Netherlands, and Germany.

“The advanced passenger processing [APP] system allows us to bar undesirable elements from entering South Africa before boarding from various countries,” she said.

In addition, the department of Home Affairs will work together with Interpol, international travel agencies and FIFA to monitor for the possible entry of soccer hooligans. It is said that 79 percent of all airlines flying to South Africa during 2010 have pledged their cooperation.

// Of the 31 airlines that fly to South Africa, 18 will roll out plans and strategies to keep hooligans at bay. Four of these have completed testing and are now certified as compliant. “The department of home affairs continues to work with the department of transport and the airline associations to accelerate the process,” she said.
Hooligans who do manage to enter South Africa and who misbehave, are faced with several measures which include police holding cells at both stadiums and in long distance trains, a special 2010 court system and 50.000 extra police officers. These measures form part of a zero tolerance policy and are applicable to hooligans, but for everyone who breaks the law. Like during the Final Draw of December 4 2009, safety and security during the World Cup is a number one priority.

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