I am afraid people are going to die during the Football World Cup in South Africa

April 12, 2008 at 9:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Having spent about 20 months of my life in South Africa, I have lately become very concerned about the Football World Cup going there – yes, it’s a great opportunity for the rainbow nation to show its spirit and beauty to the world, but how are they going to manage to keep crime and violence under covers during those weeks? And the latest statement of South Africa’s deputy security minister doesn’t sound like police is trained and prepared for deescalation, rather the opposite:

South Africa’s deputy security minister has told police how to tackle rampant crime in their cities: “kill the bastards”, and do not worry about regulations.

“You must kill the bastards if they threaten you or the community,” Susan Shabangu, told a local police forum in Pretoria.

“I want to assure the police station commissioners and policemen and women that they have permission to kill these criminals.

“You must not worry about the regulations. That is my responsibility. Your responsibility is to serve and protect,” she added.

“I won’t tolerate any pathetic excuses for you not being able to deal with crime. You have been given guns, now use them. I want no warning shots. You have one shot and it must be a kill shot.”

Read more here (Telegraph UK) and here Mail & Guardian, South Africa.


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  1. I have no doubt you are right that people (visitors) may die as a result of crime in SA during 2010 – it is after all the crime capital of the world and there will be millions of visitors during this period. However I think the situation is deliberately exaggerated by those who could benefit from the exaggeration …. I picked up your blog link as a “possibly related post” at the bottom of mine when I commented on the German Football Feds security consultants recommending bullet-proof vest for the players! Here is the link to that post: http://nicborain.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/german-fooltballers-in-bullet-proof-vests/

  2. meanwhile (even though I wrote the blogpost before Zuma) I am not as worried anymore – everyone in RSA seems to be pretty excited about having the world cup. hopefully that’ll help.

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