World Cup arrests at 316

2010-06-29 10:33

Since the start of the Fifa World Cup, 316 people had been arrested

– 207 of them South African – for tournament-related crimes, national police

commissioner General Bheki Cele has said.

Addressing a national press club briefing in Pretoria, Cele said

109 of those arrests were of foreign nationals, with Ethiopians topping the list

at 11.

“Ninety percent of the arrests have been in connection with theft

and by far the majority of these cases can be attributed to negligence on the

part of the lawful owner.”

Cellphones and laptops had been left unattended and then


Touching on the trespassing incident in the England dressing room

at Green Point in Cape Town by a British journalist, Cele said it was not a

matter of a man simply finding himself in the wrong place, but was rather an

orchestrated effort to make World Cup security seem lax.

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