Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela has denied allegations that student leader Mcebo Dla.
In the letter "R6m CWC cop flight queried", Sowetan April 10, the DA's Dianne Kohler-Barnard, in her distasteful haste to criticise the deployment of 64 SAPS members to the Caribbean, unfortunately - and not for the first time - failed to "see the bigger picture".
When South Africans are internationally recognised as experts in a certain field, one would expect patriotic citizens of that country to stand up, applaud and take pride in their fellow-countrymen's achievements.
The SAPS is a world-renowned leader in securing major events.
It was for this reason the SAPS was approached to assist with the security planning for the Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean.
Our members will wear their own uniforms, with the South African flag prominently displayed on their sleeves, while performing professional policing duties before millions of television viewers across the globe.
The SAPS members will also gain experience which will prove invaluable as we prepare for the Soccer World Cup 2010.
The bigger picture that Kohler-Barnard has missed, is that the police service of this country is receiving international recognition, that we are flying the flag of this country high and that we are gaining experience.
Director Sally de Beer, Spokesperson for the National Commissioner