The British High Commission says there is no need for alarm during the World Cup which will be held in South Africa.

A delegation from the High Commission and police met the South African Football Association to discuss security measures during the event.

This follows reports in Britain that its local football fans coming to South Africa for the event, should wear protective vests.

High Commission spokesperson Gary Bernham has rubbished the reports.

He says during last year’s British and Irish Lions tour and England cricket tour, which ended last week, they found that there were no significant problems and so there is no need to increase the distress of British nationals who will be coming to the country.

Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says crime should not be viewed as an obstacle preventing South Africans from celebrating the soccer World Cup.

He says crime should not be given publicity it does not deserve as this could distract the focus of the world’s major soccer event.

Mbalula warned: “Criminals will be dealt with accordingly in partnership with communities as there is no retreat, no surrender with regard to that”.

Local Organising Committee chairperson, Irvin Khoza, says the current debate on South Africa’s security readiness for the soccer world cup is being questioned by countries that have enjoyed a large share of the tourism market.

A British company has come under fire for promoting stab-proof vests for those planning to attend matches.

Source: SABC NEWS ONLINE, 20100122

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