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13 October 2009 - Media release

South African Police Commissioner discusses security for 2010 FIFA World Cup with INTERPOL Secretary General

INTERPOL and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have underlined their commitment to strengthening their partnership and working closely together in security preparations for football’s 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

During a meeting on the sidelines of the INTERPOL General Assembly, South African Police Service Commissioner, Bheki Cele and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble discussed the range of support services which will be provided to South Africa before and during the world’s biggest sporting event.

Commissioner Cele, who is heading the South African delegation to the INTERPOL General Assembly in Singapore, said INTERPOL’s support is an important part of ensuring the event will pass as safely and peacefully as possible.

“Since being named the host of this important sporting event, South Africa has staged more than 140 successful international events and we are sure that with INTERPOL’s support, these successes will continue up to and beyond 2010,” said Commissioner Cele.

“The safety and security of players, spectators and all those involved in the 2010 FIFA World Cup is our highest priority which is why the South African Police Service is working closely with INTERPOL and other involved law enforcement agencies to make this global event a success.”

A range of on-site technical and operational assistance will be in place as part of the deployment of an INTERPOL Major Events Support Team to South Africa, which will enable officers to run instant checks against INTERPOL’s global databases including those for wanted persons, Stolen and Lost Travel Documents and Stolen Motor Vehicles.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the full resources of the world’s largest police organization would be made available to South Africa to support their security arrangements.

“The South African Police Service’s planning and preparation of security for the 2010 football world cup which has involved INTERPOL from the beginning is a clear sign of their commitment to ensuring the highest levels of security for this event,” said Secretary General Noble.

“The structure which is being put in place for 2010 will continue to benefit the citizens of South Africa as well as visitors to the country long after the last match has been played,” added Mr Noble.