No terror threat to FIFA World Cup: South Africa

09:56, May 06, 2010      

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There was no credible terrorist threat to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a tournament that would make Africa proud, South African State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said on Wednesday.

However, he added that South African intelligence services would not let their guard down.

Addressing the South African national assembly, Cwele said in 36 days, the "entire world will descend on African soil as we host" the tournament.

"This is a concrete expression to the people of Africa that we have the capacity to organize world events of this magnitude."

He said South African authorities were striving to ensure the event remains peaceful, enjoyable, leaves a lasting legacy, and becomes a springboard for Africa's development.

According to the South African Press Association (SAPA) he said the tournament was proving to be a major nation-building project, uniting South Africans behind the flag and national anthem.

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