4 November 2011
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has briefed the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government on its readiness to handle the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 28 November to 9 December.
More than 20 000 delegates, including heads of state and government from more than 100 countries, are expected to attend the summit.
Provincial Commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni briefed the Cabinet at meeting in Ndwedwe on Wednesday, sharing some of the initiatives and strategies to ensure that the conference proceeds smoothly.
Normal policing unhindered
The Cabinet was assured that normal policing would continue unhindered in the province during the high-profile conference.
Provincial SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker told BuaNews that a team of dedicated police personnel would be deployed around the ICC and exhibition area.
Naicker said a substantial number of police officers would be drafted in to assist with the detailed safety and security plans.
Further details about the plans could not be discussed, but Naicker confirmed that the SAPS would be working closely with the SA National Defence Force, Metro Police, fire department, correctional services and disaster management.
World’s focus on SA, KZN
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said COP 17 would be important not only for the outcomes of the negotiations, but because it is happening in South Africa, and in the province in particular.
“The whole world is focusing on us, and we want to demonstrate that our country has effective and firm policing that can deal with any situation, as was evident when we hosted a great soccer World Cup last year.
“We are also pleased with the assurances from the police that the security needs of our communities will not be neglected while the police focus on COP 17 and delegates to the conference,” he said.