World Cup security incidences highlight glaring protection holesThe June 20, 2010, By Christopher F. Wood
This World Cup is far from safe. More and more incidents are coming to light, of glaring security holes and inefficiency. South African security is getting a bad rap all over the world. ;
At some point during this World Cup, people will have to face the fact. South African security is a fiasco, the games are unsafe, and the country cannot guarantee a team will not be attacked or that the fans will not be harmed in the streets, in their hotels or in the stands.
The largest security hole appears to be the porous security at Cape Town, where a fan left the stands at England’s game against Algeria, walked through several lines of security straight into the team’s locker room, seconds after Princes Harry and William departed. The fan met David Beckham, who encouraged him to leave. However, this incident showed all, including the police, FIFA and the private security teams that they are unable to offer even halfway decent protection at the World Cup games.
Indeed, this game was special in that authorities identified it has having a high risk of breaking out in violence or terrorist attack. However, the fan was wearing an England jersey, his ticket straight into the team’s inner sanctum. As usual, no one is willing to take the blame, fingers are pointed, accusations are made, press conferences are convened. As they do, security measures continue to deteriorate. It has even come to the point when it is surprising that a pilceman blocks anyone’s path at all.