Senior Superintendent Vish Naidoo released a statement saying “We will have a 24-hour court system for COP17 related crimes. Even if the crime takes place in Cape Town when delegates arrive, there will be people on standby there to deal with the case”
The Durban Magistrate’s Court is being used because of its proximity to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conference Centre where the 17th Conference of Parties (Cop17) is taking place. The conference is being attended by15,000 delegates and more than 10,000 observers from more than 190 countries. The aim of having certain courts on standby was to ensure that cases were finalised as quickly as possible
“Our assessment has shown that we are ready in terms of the number of police officers who will be deployed during the conference. All we can say is that we are ready. There will be high police visibility in Durban during the conference” said Naidoo.
Police use bicycles, horses and some patrol on foot. “The majority of our members will use bicycles as part of pledging our commitment to reducing gas emissions that cause climate change. The planning included the police, SA National Defence Force, traffic departments and various government departments” he said.
Author: Jacqueline Freer
For Green College Online