Police spends €130m on 2010 WC

24/01/2010 at 18:26 11 comments


The South African police (SAPS) will spend 1.3 billion rand (±130 million euro) to make the 2010 World Cup Football, which takes place in South Africa from June 11 until July 11, safe for both local and international football fans.

South Africa’s minister of police Nathi Mthethwa said in ANC Today, the ruling party’s online newspaper, that terrorism, hooliganism and crime during the world cup would be dealt with “swiftly and with no mercy”. He said that SAPS has already spent 665 million rand (±67 million euro) on equipment for their police officers that will be on duty during the 2010 FIFA world cup, and te fight crime during the event.

The  new police equipment includes various helicopters, 100 BMW highway- patrol car, mobile cameras, water cannons and four mobile command units.

“The South African government has invested huge resources both in human (resources) and in state-of-the-art technology to complement one another. With the resources at our disposal and co-operation we have received so far, we would be able to know who will be attending what matches,” he said.

Mthethwa added that a further 640 million Rand (±65 million euro) will be invested in deploying 41.000 police officers specifically to make sure the safety of teams and spectators during the 2010 world cup footbasll, which is expected to draw close to 500.000 foreign visitors and soccer tourists.

Other South Africa’s plans to make the FIFA World Cup safe, include:

  • Police and the defence force will be put on full alert throughout the event, which is likely to mean the cancellation of all leave in that period;
  • About 40 helicopters will be available with cameras linked to monitors on the ground;
  • Each national team will be provided with a team of SAPS intervention force members and private security assigned to them for the duration of the event;
  • Security will focus on routes from airports, on Fifa offices and on hotels, stadiums, fan parks and tourist venues likely to be visited by fans;
  • Police are recruiting and training 55000 new officers, taking total police numbers to more than 190000;
  • A moratorium on new police reservists has been lifted. About 45000 reservists will be taken on and trained, pushing the reserve force to more than 100000;
  • The SAPS will work with foreign police, who will contribute skills, languages and cultural knowledge appropriate to the different nations participating; and
  • A special 24-hour call centre will offer health and security advice to all visitors.

Source: Sunday Times

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