An American man was robbed and shot while in Johannesburg South Africa for the World Cup. The 35 year old LA resident was on his way to his hotel in the affluent Sandton area when he was assaulted by four men. He is currently hospitalized in stable condition.
For the full Associated Press story, click HERE.
During my time there on assignment, I found South Africa, and Johannesburg in particular to be a mass of contradictions. Modern yet historical. Friendly citizens with national pride, yet this undertone of fear that was apparent almost everywhere.
*In the article, they quote a police spokesperson as saying that the mans life was not in danger. (Quick note: Any time your shot and robbed, your life is in danger.)
See related: World Cup Security Breakdowns
Security & Safety at the World Cup
South Africa Times Reports: South African intelligence services have been accused of being slow to react to warnings of terror threats to the 2010 World Cup
The US Congress counter-terror caucus was briefed on threats to the tournament. Ronald Sandee, director of the NEFA Foundation, warned the US Congress that:
- Pakistani and Somali militants are running terror training camps in northern Mozambique;
- Trainees from these camps may have crossed into South Africa to join or form cells planning World Cup attacks;
- Surveillance and strike teams planning attacks are well established in South Africa. Terror groups involved include al-Qaeda and their Somalian allies, al-Shahaab
- Simultaneous and random attacks are being planned during the World Cup
On Wednesday, the National Joint Operational Centre was activated at an undisclosed military base in Pretoria. It is co-coordinating the deployment of all South African security and intelligence structures to ensure a safe World Cup, including 24-hour protection of teams and officials.
According to two insiders, a watch-list of 40 terror suspects has been drawn up. Police have neither confirmed nor denied the arrest or watch-list.
For the full story: Click HERE.
It’s tough finding the balance between safety & security along with access & convenience at a world sporting event such as the World Cup. Lot’s of moving parts, lots of players. ~ES
Some of the more interesting quotes so far…
“As far as your concerned, they are a guest of Mr. Mandela himself.” ~ Classified
“No, we’re not exactly sure who that person is on the stadium roof, thank you for pointing it out”. ~Police Official
“It get’s exactly how cold at night”??? ~Me
Quite the assignment so far. Plenty of security and logistical challenges. Might have to put an article together (OPSEC rules apply) for a future issue of The Circuit.