New York – The Tourism Business Council of SA was concerned about safety during the 2010 soccer World Cup, spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said yesterday.

Reacting to the release of the police’s latest crime statistics, Thakhuli said he was disappointed by safety and security minister Charles Nqakula’s failure to mention strategies for the event.

“As police are declaring war on criminal elements and employing additional resources in areas that pose the biggest problems, priority should also be placed on the 2010 soccer World Cup tournament.”

Thakhuli said the high rate of serious and violent crimes was unacceptable.

“One of the major impediments of tourism growth in South Africa is the high levels of crime … I am afraid that the confidence of the world in our country will be placed in serious doubt.”

Federated Hospitality Association of SA chief executive Brett Dungan said the statistics were disappointing.

“The tourism industry has a plan in place as far as crime is concerned, but it needs to be a joint effort between all nationals and government,” said Dungan.

PUBLICATION: Business Report
DATED: 6th July 2007