Media release

Government on security around Cricket World Cup

30 January 2003

30 January 2003

This morning, a committee of the South African Cabinet dealing with security matters received a comprehensive briefing on security arrangements for the Cricket World Cup, which is to be hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. The committee noted that, with the arrival of several teams in South Africa, some of the security arrangements are already being implemented according to plan.

These arrangements have been developed in a constructive and collaborative manner by all the relevant parties, including structures of the International Cricket Council (ICC), government officials and the private sector.

As the government of the primary host country, the South African government is satisfied with these security plans. Accordingly, it believes that the Cricket World Cup will proceed in a safe and secure environment in all the three host countries.

The South African government rejects attempts to cast unfounded doubt on the competency of any of the host countries to meet their obligations.

On behalf of the people of South Africa, the government wishes to assure all the players, officials and cricket supporters across the world of our support over the duration of the tournament. Working with the ICC, South Africa will do all it can to ensure that the 2003 Cricket World Cup is a resounding success.

Graham Abrahams
Cell: 082 453 2244

Joel Netshitenzhe
Cell 082 900 0083

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)


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