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Police, military ready for 2010 draw

The police and military said on Saturday they were ready for next week’s 2010 FIFA Soccer World...

Cape Town Stadium. Picture: Eyewitness News.

The police and military said on Saturday they were ready for next week’s 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup draw and were taking no chances when protecting the public.

The draw will take place in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Cape Town on Friday and the airforce used the weekend to make sure the skies were safe.

Various aircrafts flew low over the city as part of the crime busting operation Duty Calls, which was launched on Friday by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The police’s Sally de Beer asked residents to be cooperative.

“There will be helicopters flying low over <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Cape Town and the surrounding areas and we would like to advise the community that it is an exercise and they should be patient,” de Beer said.

DUTY CALLS TO BE IMPLEMENTED NATIONALLY

Operation Duty Calls was being implemented nationally, in a bid to reduce crime over the festive season as well as for 2010.

South African Police Service members, metro officers, traffic officials and emergency personnel put on a menacing display of power at the grand parade as they prepared to embark on operation Duty Calls.

Mthethwa urged the men and women in blue to be relentless in their war on crime.

“The only people who should not enjoy this period are the heartless criminals who should be rotting in jail,” said Mthethwa.

Over 80 000 officers will be on duty nationally and all leave for all SAPS members was cancelled.

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