Security measures in place for ANC celebrations

Security measures in place for ANC celebrations

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng as well as security role players say they are ready to ensure safety and security during the ANC's 105th anniversary celebrations this weekend.


President Jacob Zuma will deliver the annual January 8 statement at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

SAPS expect 52 000 people to attend the event. 

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer says meticulous planning has been done during a series of meetings between the organisers and all relevant role players, including the SAPS, other law enforcement agencies, emergency services and the stadium’s management team.

"To ensure maximum security at the event and simultaneously prevent minimum disruption to the communities’ day-to-day activities, law enforcement personnel will be mobilised to perform various duties, including crime-prevention duties, route security and event security," says De Beer.

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De Beer says Gauteng Traffic, National Traffic and the Johannesburg Metro Police Departments will be conducting road closures and control traffic in and around the stadium on Sunday. 

Those who are not participating, are advised to avoid the area. 

The following streets will be affected: 

- Mooki

- Mofokeng

- Martha Louw

- Sofasonke

- Khumalo and Klipspruit Valley Streets

- Soweto Highway at Mooki Street and at the N17 Circle.

De Beer says no alcohol, drugs, weapons, umbrellas or object that may compromise public safety will be allowed into the venue.

"No person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be permitted to enter the venue and all persons can expect to be searched," says De Beer.

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