The North West Public Safety Department has tightened its security to ensure smooth operations for tonight’s match in Rustenburg.
MEC for Public Safety, Howard Yawa says the opener between Spain and
New Zealand on Sunday was a prelude to a bigger responsibility tonight.
He said the department had benefited from its experience during the
first match and has subsequently improved on its communications.
He disclosed that 2,313 vehicles were scanned through the Automatic
Number Plate Recognition System Vehicle that the Provincial Business
against Crime has loaned to the province. Three vehicles with
registration from neighbouring countries were picked up for outstanding
traffic fines with the Johannesburg Metropolitan.
“Aerial observation prior, during and after the match assisted with
quick resolution of situations that arose during the match and no
vehicles were reported stolen," he said.
“Coordination of park and ride facilities and an improved exit strategy
for VIPs and fans will be in place during tonight’s match,” Yawa added.
Yawa urged fans to leave a list of prohibited items at traffic control centres or Park and Rides before making their way to the ground.
“Food, alcohol or drugs, cups, jugs or cans, weapons, sharp objects and
umbrellas fall within the list of prohibited items,” he said.
“Racist or xenophobic material like t-shirts or flags, promotional or
commercial material, banners or flags larger than 2 x 1.5 meters are
also included in the list of prohibited items.”
Though megaphones, hooters or gas-powered horns are not allowed, vuvuzelas are allowed.