attack a lesson learnt

THE attack on Togo's national football team in Angola should be used as a yardstick for 2010 World Cup security measures, Local Organising Committee chairperson Irvin Khoza said yesterday.

THE attack on Togo's national football team in Angola should be used as a yardstick for 2010 World Cup security measures, Local Organising Committee chairperson Irvin Khoza said yesterday.

"It's for us to take that as an experience. We've got our own security plans but . it is a lesson that we can learn," he said in an interview with SAfm's After Eight debate team.

The challenge posed by the attack, he said, was in relation to the misconception that Africa was a country, not a continent.

"People in the world are thinking of Africa as one country. we don't share the same border with Angola . it's nowhere close to SA.

"The sensitivity of the matter was raised with our (police) commissioner (Bheki Cele) in terms of what the threat is but I guess it's for us to take that as an experience.

"We've agreed that the command and control of our security, regardless of whether it's the police or the stewards, will fall under the direction of the SAPS," he said.

The Togo team was ambushed on Friday on arrival in Cabinda. Three people were killed and several players injured.

Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi "Dodji" Obilale is recovering at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

President Jacob Zuma extended his condolences to the government and people of Togo on Sunday, adding that the attack would not affect the World Cup. - Sapa

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