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Security tight for first game

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Cape Town stadium. Picture: Rafiq Wagiet/Eyewitness News


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<?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Western Cape police on Thursday outlined a formidable and comprehensive security plan for Saturday’s soccer match at the new Cape Town Stadium.

The event will see <city w:st="on">Santos and <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Ajax go head-to-head.

Amid the sounds of drills, hammers and lawnmowers, 1 000 officers assembled inside Cape Town Stadium for a briefing.

It was explained 24 units, consisting of hundreds of officers, would be deployed on Saturday.

These include public order, crime intelligence, explosive units, the air wing and the flying squad.

It was made clear the police were seeking a balance in security preparations and were steering clear of overkill.

While officers will be as inconspicuous as possible, there will still be a visible presence in some areas.

There will be three operational centres coordinating security, located inside and outside the stadium as well as from the new war room in the city centre.

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