'SA region ripe for 2010 terrorist acts'

A South African naval expert is "not overly optimistic" about local law enforcement agencies making the country's maritime borders and ports safe from terror attacks during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The southern African region was one "ripe" for terrorist acts, the Institute for Maritime Technology's Francois Hugo told delegates at the Maritime Security in Southern African Waters conference in Stellenbosch yesterday.

He said countries in the region suffered from permeable borders, arms trafficking, poverty, corruption and many other problems. - Sapa