Security plans for the Fifa World Cup meet international standards and have been used as a benchmark by the United Nations, national police commissioner Bheki Cele said.
“I’m confident to announce that all our plans are underway and South Africa will host the event with diligence and pride, knowing that our security plans meet international standards and have been used as a benchmarking model by the United Nations,” he told representatives of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (Sarpcco) in Durban.
The world cup final draw was expected to take place in Cape Town on Friday. Border control was likely to be relaxed next year to allow the smooth movement of people through Sarpcco countries during the soccer tournament.
All SADC countries were Sarpcco members. Cele, who is Sarpcco’s chairman, said the movement of spectators across South Africa’s borders would require improved co-operation between customs official, the home affairs as well as other departments.
[Story appeared in Times Live]