World Cup organising head Danny Jordaan says South Africa’s safety record in hosting major sports events is second to none, but he cannot be held responsible for the country’s appalling social crime statistics.
Speaking at a business conference less than seven months before the World Cup, Jordaan said that the country had hosted top events such as the rugby and cricket World Cups and last year’s Confederations Cup football tournament without any major security problems.
But Jordaan said he could not be held responsible for social crime, which happened in deprived areas. Although official government figures list up 50 murders a day, his responsibility since 1994 has been event security and he said the country had not failed anyone.
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