Is Death an Omen for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa?

Brian BrauseContributor IJune 11, 2010

One the first day of ticket sales in South Africa, queue's were long, computers crashed, riots ensued, and police were sent in to control the crowd. In the midst of all this, a 64 year-old man suffered a seizure while waiting in line. He was only 565th person away from the front.

Security is a high priority during the World Cup South Africa, who has the second highest murder rate in the world. (Columbia has the highest murder rate in the world).  The South African government will have a dedicated police force of 41,000 officers working the tournament and is taking many precautionary actions to ensure the safety of both the players and the spectators; including water cannons, unmanned aircrafts, and 24 hour multilingual help lines.

Andre Prius, deputy commissioner of the South African police, is weary of obnoxious fans and has set up a special force of 'intervention units' to make them walk a fine. Says Prius, "this will be a snatch team to go in and take the troublemakers out."

Prius also has a group of 200 trained officers on stand by at all times to deal with any terrorism situations.

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