World Cup security to cross borders

2009-12-03 00:00

SECURITY forces in the southern African region are prepared to fight cross border crimes and provide a secure and crime-free environment in the region, during the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa and beyond.

“All our plans are under way and SA will host the event with diligence and pride, knowing that our security plans meet the international standards and have been used as a benchmark model by the United Nations,” Bheki Cele, chairman of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation and South African police commissioner, told delegates at a conference in Durban.

The Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (Sarpcco) is holding a technical organs meeting in Durban to implement resolutions in an integrated fight against crime in the region. Cele said the southern African region should play an active role in hosting the World Cup.

“Although SA is host country, security arrangements should be in good shape. Therefore, the minimum standards outlined in the master security concept must be adhered to by all countries … It’s an African issue, especially this region. It is important that people coming for the event are hosted by the region.”

The event will also enhance cooperation between police and other border control officials in the region.

He said no visas will be required for travelling within the region and security agencies will be issued with special passports for them to be able to move across borders.

He said the Sarpcco member states include Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritius, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Cele also called for the emancipation of women in the police force. “Policing in the world is equal to male gender species and nothing else. Most influential positions and corridors are occupied by males. SARPCCO region as a legitimate structure representing the African continent at Interpol level needs to take a principle decision to lead and advance the struggle for the emancipation of women within the policing sector.” He also called on women to put the issue of HIV/AIDS on top of their agenda. “Women must take the issue of HIV and AIDS and bring it to the top of their agenda, because men shy away from discussing the issue. There are more members who die from AIDS related diseases than those who are killed in the line of duty and accidents. All these members die young and those with HIV die and live a dying nation behind.”

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