Mthethwa guarantees security for 2010

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pretoria - With just over 200 days left before the biggest soccer showpiece in South Africa, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive security plan to ensure the safety of visitors during the tournament.

He said the plan, which includes addressing terror threats and hooliganism, has been endorsed by FIFA.

Mthethwa said about R640 million has been set aside for the deployment of 41 000 police officers specifically for the event. The figure includes 31 000 permanent members and 10 000 reservists.

"The vast majority of the police deployed for the World Cup will be trained officers with experience in major events," said Mthethwa.

In addition, countries competing in the tournament will send their own specially trained police officers to assist with language and cultural differences and to support the South African Police Service.

Each of the 32 qualifying teams is also expected to send at least two police officers to support the security forces during the tournament.