SWC fans 'here for fun'

2010-03-25 12:30

Pretoria - There should be less focus on security concerns surrounding the 2010 Fifa World Cup because fans flocking into the stadiums were doing so for fun, army chief Solly Shoke said on Thursday.

"This World Cup is not about security. It's about enjoyment. People must be allowed to come here and enjoy the soccer. We don't see any threats," he told reporters in Pretoria.

Shoke said the army would however be on high alert to assist police as and when needed.

He added that was normal practice for large events.

More troops would also be deployed to the borders next month to control the influx of people.

While the army was stretched thin, Shoke was confident that in the short term, it could fulfil its mandate to protect the country.

The return of peacekeeping troops from Burundi would also help to beef up capacity, said Shoke.