2010 FAQ: Safety

Q. I have heard South Africa is kinda dangerous. Should I be worried about my safety? A. South Africa has a bad rep when it comes to crime. The authorities are aware of that, as well as of the fact that many international football fans have doubts whether they will be safe during the Final Draw as well as during 2010 FIFA World Cup.

To make sure that both locals and visitors are safe during the world cup, a solid safety strategy is being put in place. About 50.000 extra cops are being trained specifically for 2010. Secondly, all world cup stadiums will boast a special police station and police cells to detain hooligans and criminals. Long distance trains will also be equipped with a police station and a holding cell.

In addition, South Africa is to set up various 2010 courts to efficiently deal with crimes committed during the 2010 World Cup. With this, the justice ministry has vowed that cases of any foreigners involved in crimes, both victims or perpetrators, will receive priority.

Q. What is the South African Police Service (SAPS) doing to protect me and other football fans? A. The South African Police Service is investing close to 130 million euro (1.3 billion rand) to protect you and other football fans during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. New equipment has been bought, new officers are being trained and a zero crime policy will be in place to combat crime, hooliganism and terrorism. For more on this topic, read this article ‘Police to spend 130 million euro on world cup’.

Q. Is there something I can myself do to make sure I am safe during the 2010 World Cup? A. Yes, there are plenty of things you can do to increase your safety. But you have a role to play in guarding your own safety as well. Do not be careless, be sensible and take necessary precautions: Do not walk alone at night, do not accept help from people when drawing money at an ATM, keep an eye on your belongings and your surroundings, use the safe in your hotel room for your valuables such as passports and plane tickets.  Click here for an extensive list of tourist safety tips for everyone who travel to South Africa in 2010 for the FIFA Soccer World Cup. Or for any other occasion, of course.

Q. What about disasters? Is South Africa ready for disasters during the 2010 FIFA World Cup? A. Various experts have advised South Africa to prepare for potential disasters, such a stampedes, bombings and medical disasters. South Africa has listened and it working on a strategy. Please read this 2010 news article to find out more.

Q. Some people say that the 2010 world cup should have gone to another country, and not South Africa because of its crime problem. What do you think? A. I think South Africa deserves the 2010 world cup like no other. Yes, the country has a problem when it comes to crime, but I also know how much South Africa is doing to make sure everyone will be safe during and after the event. One journalist said that the 2010 world cup bid should have gone to Egypt. I reject this idea for various reasons. Please go to ‘ Me & Twenty10: Egypt vs SA‘ to read my point of view.

Q. Is there a link between the terror attack on Togo’s football team during the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and South Africa? A. I understand that you are worried, but please relax. Africa is a massive continent, and every country is different. Comparing Angola, which came out of a civil war only 7 years ago, with South Africa is comparing soccer balls with golf balls. Please understand that the team from Togo was attacked in Cabinda, a province of Angola that is basically situated in the Congo. It is an enclave, where  a significant part of the inhabitants is fighting for independence from Angola. This is not the case in South Africa.  Fore more, please go to the following blog post: No link Togo tragedy and world cup.

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