This country is safe: Zuma

2012-04-10 14:21
Pretoria - All people in South Africa are and should feel safe, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

In a brief address at the annual Intelligence Services Day commemoration in Pretoria, Zuma said the safety of all people in the country was assured.

"Just be confident in this country that you are safe. This country is safe," he said.

He said the commemoration was one of the most important beacons on the intelligence community calendar as it served to remember operatives who played a critical role in safeguarding security in the country.

"There is no country which can exist without its intelligence. We give [intelligence] very specific attention because it has a very specific duty," he said.

Zuma laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in honour of departed agents.

Families of the deceased members were present at the ceremony but the rest of the event was closed to the media.

Later, Zuma was scheduled to preside at an awards ceremony which would recognise service excellence within the intelligence community - an event which was also closed to the media.

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