Military lauded after demonstrating World Cup preparedness

2010-07-02 00:00

MEMBERS of the South African Military were saluted on their work done during the Fifa World Cup at a function held at the DLI Hall in Durban yesterday.

The event saw a team of 52 members of the Chemical Biological Radiation Nuclear Explosives team, a division of the SA Navy, demonstrate how they would go about reacting to a real-life situation of a bio-chemical nature.

The group of 52 was divided up into a detection team, a casualty team and an evacuation team; all of them performing their duties in front of their seniors and the media.

The unit is part of an operation called “Kgwele”, which is aimed at providing military protection during the World Cup.

Vice-Admiral Johannes Mudimo, chief of the South African Navy, was present at the demonstration and congratulated all involved on an incident-free tournament.

“The fact that there have been no major incidents in the tournament so far indicates that there has been excellent coordination between the military and the South African police service,” he said.

“We have done what the country expected from us and will continue to do so until the very last visitor leaves our shores.”

After the demonstration had ended, Mudimo expressed his satisfaction with what he had seen.

“The capability of the demonstration we have just seen shows us that if anybody had brought drugs or substances into our country, their operations would have been thwarted,” he declared.

“Long before the World Cup began, we had been preparing and anticipating different scenarios. If something happens, we have the capability to prevent it from escalating out of control.”

The event ended with the navy chief providing some words of encouragement to the military members present: “Many young South Africans look at you and see hope. You are the torch light that will save them from a life in the fast lane. Behave like soldiers,” he said.

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