Media release

South African Police ready to protect all

10 June 2010

10 June 2010

On the eve before South Africa hosts the greatest show on earth, the South African Police Service (SAPS) assures all within the country’s borders, citizens and visitors alike that normal services will be rendered and policing continues.

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko today said, “Of the country’s 190 000 police officers, only 40 000 have been allocated to World Cup operations.  These officers will be supported by their counterparts from the 32 participating teams.”

“Therefore 150 000 police officers will be available to continue with normal policing.  Policing of the country and ensuring the safety and security of all within it remains a 24 hour operation.”

“Those in distress are requested to report to relevant authorities and the appropriate assistance will be rendered.”

“Government expresses its confidence that the SAPS is ready to and will continue to fulfil its mandate for the duration of the tournament.  Some successful incidents have already been detailed.”

“We appeal to citizens and visitors to also exercise care of their personal safety and those around them.”

“Working together we can ensure a safe and secure tournament for all,” concluded the spokesperson.

For enquiries:
Themba Maseko
Government Spokesperson
Cell: 082 654 0810

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)


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