Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Nation's Top Cop Says World Cup Will Be Safe

National Commissioner Bheki Cele, South Africa's top police official, says the nation will remain safe during the World Cup, despite fears about its high rate of crime.

"One thing I would never do is to deny that there is crime in South Africa, especially violent crime," Cele said.

But he said crime was decreasing, a point independent researchers also have made. The South African Institute of Race Relations said in a study last year that the number of murders and the rate per 100,000 have declined steadily since South Africa held its first all-race elections in 1994.

The institute, however, said the South African public still believed crime was worsening.

South Africa's top cop on World Cup
Independent Online
February 23, 2010