Cops vow to maintain standards

THE stringent crime-fighting approach adopted by South Africa's law enforcement agencies during the World Cup tournament will continue as a permanent feature.

This assurance was given by President Jacob Zuma at a function organised by the office of Premier Zweli Mkhize before the Germany-Spain semifinal on Wednesday night.

"When we made the first bid to host the tournament many people were not sure, even us, partly because it had never been hosted by any African country," Zuma said.

"When we won the bid people started questioning whether we could really host it. And we said, yes.

"After we proved to be ready those who were against South Africa hosting came up with all sorts of excuses. After all failed, they raised the issue of crime.

"Our approach to crime fighting proved to be working and I want to assure the people of South Africa that we will continue in the same vein in fighting crime after the World Cup."

Zuma said South Africa proved its detractors wrong by organising one of the best tournaments.

He said one of the legacies of the World Cup was unity among the rainbow nation.

Mkhize urged South Africans and especially the people of KwaZulu-Natal to keep on flying the flags high and blowing their vuvuzelas - even long after the World Cup is over.