My body and bag were not searched

2010-06-19 11:39

I have ­visited the US post 9/11. So when I picked up my ticket for the opening game of the World Cup I was looking forward to being part of the thousands of joyous fanatics at the stadium – after ­going through a US-type security check.

Having grown up in a township, I should be

comfortable in crowds, right?


Well, I am. And I have ­visited the US post 9/11.


So when I picked up my ticket for the opening game of the World Cup

I was looking forward to being part of the thousands of joyous fanatics at the

stadium – after ­going through a US-type security check.


Because the Fifa circus is in town, I expected that security

measures to get into the stadium would be tighter than in the US.


Well, I made it into my seat with destiny after little scrutiny.

I

had entered the stadium with a backpack.

For fear of reprisal from the interim

government (read “Fifa”) I will declare its contents: a beanie, scarf and

blanket.


If I had gazed into my crystal ball before the match and seen how

lax the security was, my contents would have been much more interesting.


Days after the match, while reflecting on Bafana Bafana’s draw, I

wondered whether the stadium security had been sufficient for such a

high-profile match.

I would have expected to have my backpack, at least, opened

and checked.


My search for answers was interrupted by an offer to go and watch

Ghana play Serbia.

A sense of déjà vu prevailed when I got to the stadium

entrance, but at least there was a metal sensor we had to go through.


This experience was in contrast to the show of force from the

police and army on the perimeter of the stadium.


Perhaps things have changed since the police took over security

duties at the stadiums in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port

Elizabeth.


I certainly hope so.
 

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