Police hailed for World Cup draw work

December 8th, 2009 by H&R | Categories: government, tourism

The Minister of Community Safety in the Western Cape, Lennit Max, has commended the work of the police as well as the exceptional behaviour of people who attended the festivities during the FIFA 2010 World Cup draw in Cape Town on December 4.

He said that good strategies were put in place by the police to ensure that all people attending the event were at all times safe. He also complimented the quick reaction of the police in arresting a photographer, who is alleged to have made a bomb threat during the proceedings.

The man, a German national, who apparently has a home in Cape Town, spent the weekend in jail before appearing in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday. He was released on bail and has been placed under house arrest until his next date in court.

Max says that the event once again highlighted the fact that the Western Cape could host big events and that the people of the Western Cape could rise to the occasion by “displaying behaviour of exceptional conduct.”

The first games in the FIFA World Cup will take place on June 11 in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The final will be played in July 11 in Johannesburg. Full details of the entire World Cup tournament including the dates, times and venues for all matches can be obtained from the FIFA website.

Hoteliers and restaurateurs are advised to familiarise themselves with the fixture list as the numbers and needs of travelling fans from the 32 competing national teams will be varied.