'we are ready to crush crime syndicates'

The new head of the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation Anwar Dramat came out with guns blazing yesterday.

At his first public appearance since his appointment last month, Dramat said the unit intended to join the battlefield with the community and other crime fighting initiatives to "crush the backbone of organised crime" in the country.

Dramat said: "We are hopeful that late next month, criminals will start to realise our ability not only to bite but also to chew. We are strong, capable and well resourced to hunt any criminal, anywhere and any time."

He said they were building the capacity of the unit to ensure that South Africans enjoyed their lives without fear of criminals and crime syndicates.

"Our mandate is simple, crush organised crime without mercy and deal with criminals regardless of their stature or standing. We are ready to execute that task," he said.

Dramat was the guest speaker at the unveiling of the SAPS's security plan for the Confederations Cup and the FIFA 2010 World Cup in Krugersdorp.

SAPS Assistant Commissioner Ben Groenewald spoke about the readiness of the police ahead of this weekend's kickoff of the Confederations Cup and highlighted the importance of police-public partnerships to ensure the success of events as large as the Fifa 2010 World Cup.

Bafana Bafana play Iraq in the opening match. A strong contingent of police, Joburg metro police and venue stewards will be there to ensure the event is hassle free.

Ellis Park press officer Molefi Mika said people without valid tickets for the game should not bother going to the stadium on match days.

He said no cars, except for the parking ticket holders, will be allowed anywhere near the Ellis Park precinct.

"Fans must drive to Nasrec Exhibition Centre, using gate five and six, for park and ride facilities to bring them to the stadium.

"Everybody will walk through a metal detector, stewards will be on hand to check if the tickets are valid or not. Police will be there to arrest people with fraudulent tickets."

A venue court will be operational during match time where troublemakers will be dealt with.