- Two separate bomb threats in the South African city of Cape Town have seen security stepped up ahead of the draw of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Reports from the country said at least two people have been arrested today following bomb threats, one at the convention centre and another at the Cape Town International Airport.
According to reports a foreign journalist, whose nationality was not divulged was arrested earlier today after threatening to be in possession of explosives at convention centre. However police said the man who would be chrged with contravening the explosives laws of the country had dropped something that was not found to be any threat.
Police also said there was another bomb scare at Cape Town International Airport ealier today, following which a South African man was later arrested.
Police have however given assurance to all those attending the draw in Cape Town that security measures will be intensified to ensure that proceedings go according to plan.
The Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele, were also quoted in the media assuring members of the public that dedicated police personnel with 44 police vehicles would be tasked with patrolling 14 routes in and around Cape Town ahead of and during the draw.
The minister has also said the country would not take lightly the threats as security would be stepped up in all areas with the air patrols by the South African Air Force and maritime patrols by the SA Navy and SA Police Service's border and sea units.
South Africa is also putting in place a dedicated police force ahead of the World Cup event in June next year to ensure the smooth and safe first African global cup event.
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