Security forces ready to protect WEF summit

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pretoria - The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) says it has put in place measures to ensure that the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa takes place in a safe and secure environment.

Durban is hosting the WEF on Africa summit from Wednesday until Friday. The event will be attended by more than 1 000 participants, including Heads of State and Government, global leaders from business and civil society, who will discuss important issues relating to the achievement of inclusive economic growth globally, with a specific focus on Africa.

“Various departments within this structure, including the South African Police Service (SAPS), have been activated to deliver on their respective mandates with the ultimate objective of ensuring the safety of all role players, including delegates,” SAPS spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said on Monday.

With South Africa renowned for successfully delivering secure major international events, Naidoo said law enforcement agencies, along with other key stakeholders, will continue to be meticulous in the implementation of the security plan. 

NATJOINTS reminded communities that while the right to protest is respected, any authorised protest action must be conducted in a peaceful, responsible manner, at the designated area and within the confines of the law. 

“NATJOINTS has reiterated to law enforcement agencies securing this event to execute their duties according to their Constitutional mandate and within relevant prescripts. At the same time, there will be uncompromising security and any criminal or disruptive conduct will result in appropriate action being taken, including arrest and prosecution,” said Naidoo.

He warned motorists that there will be road closures around the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre and alternative routes should be planned to prevent frustration. –

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