World Cup security swings into action as teams arrive in SA

2010-06-04 00:00

THERE are only six days left until the beginning of the Fifa World Cup tournament, but in many ways, the spectacle has already begun. Yesterday saw the arrival of Paraguay and England in the country.

Paraguay join Nigeria to become the second side to arrive in Kwa­Zulu-Natal.

South Africa’s World Cup is already under way from a security point of view, with arriving teams being escorted by South African Police Force officers to and from their hotels.

Security at base camps around the country has had to be on high alert in these beginning stages of South Africa’s hosting of the tournament.

Police Commissioner Bheki Cele yesterday expressed confidence in South Africa’s security systems.

“We are continuously engaging with the intelligence of all the teams and these bilateral cooperations enable us to plan ahead.

“We have a 24-hour hotline with 19 other agencies, including Interpol,” Cele added.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa also expressed confidence in the preparations that have been made so far and urged all South Africans to comply with the measures.

“We have an obligation and we will ensure we protect all the people, from the ordinary people who will be at homes, fan parks, stadiums to the very, very important people,” Mthethwa stated.

TODAY:

eShibobo 2010 – e.tv at 12 pm – This show looks at football and World Cup related issues.

Woza Lunchtime – SuperSport 3 at 12 pm (daily) - A show that aims to merge glamour with football.

International friendly: France vs China – SuperSport 3 at 5 30 pm.

SATURDAY:

Road To Fifa World Cup – SABC 1 at 2 30 pm – A show looking at the build-up to the World Cup.

International friendly: Australia vs USA – SuperSport 3 at 2 pm

International friendly: South Africa vs Denmark – SABC 1 at 3:30 pm.

International Friendly: Slovakia vs Costa Rica – SuperSport 3 at 4:30 pm.

International friendly: Switzerland vs Italy – SuperSport 3 at 8:30 pm.

SUNDAY:

PSL Awards (Live) – SABC 1 at 8 pm.

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