40000 more cops to stay on street patrols

SOUTH Africa will have more bobbies on the beat as part of the legacy of the country's successful hosting of the 2010 soccer World Cup.

SOUTH Africa will have more bobbies on the beat as part of the legacy of the country's successful hosting of the 2010 soccer World Cup.

The government announced yesterday that it would retain 40000 police officers deployed during the tournament .

"Police deployment for the World Cup resulted in 40000 new, well-trained police officers incorporated into the police force. These recruits will remain on the force, leading to a safer South Africa," cabinet announced yesterday.

The number of police personnel added to the force, as well as the equipment acquired for their use, was one of the important legacies of the World Cup, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said yesterday.

Maseko also pointed out that the World Cup had enabled the government to improve on emergency medical services.

"We have invested massively in ambulance services, both ground and aero, as part of our 2010 legacy strategy. Equally, we have through this project recruited more personnel who form an essential element of healthcare delivery in our country."

Maseko also said that R11,7billion was invested in building 10 world class stadiums, creating 66000 new construction jobs and generating R7,4billion in wages.

Of this, R2,2billion went to low-income households and therefore contributed to a reduction in poverty, Maseko said.

He said South Africans in general were proud of what the country had achieved in hosting a successful World Cup.

A Markinor snap survey has shown that 85percent of those interviewed said they had more hope than before about a happy future after the World Cup.

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