‘We are ready to protect our visitors’

2010-05-13 10:18

South African police do not know of any terrorism threats to the

2010 Fifa World Cup, Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said today.

Cele said: “There is no threat that we have discovered. We are

ready to protect our visitors.”

Cele was addressing journalists at King Shaka International Airport

during an event to display police capabilities ahead of the World Cup.

He said reported terrorism threats, believed to have been made by a

group in North Africa, had been properly investigated and dealt with.

“The threat was pursued to check whether it was valid.

We have

found the end of it and there is no need to worry,” said Cele.

The police commissioner said it had been reported that a group said

it would be pleased to see the bombing of the stadium where the US team was

playing during the World Cup.

He said they would keep a vigilant eye on eight countries regarded

as high risk.

These included the United States and United Kingdom.

Several police units displayed how they would handle

life-threatening situations such as plane hijackings and hostages during the

tournament.

The simulation showed how the police would deal with air and land

threats. During the simulation, a hijacked plane was forced to touch down by a

police helicopter.

Various police units such as the bomb disposal unit, search and

rescue units, and snipers and hostage negotiators were on the scene.

The exercise, held at the airport’s cargo section, was attended by

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and community liaison MEC Willies

Mchunu.

Another exercise would be held at Princess Magogo Stadium in

KwaMashu later today. – Sapa



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