Cape Town – The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) says it is taking steps to ensure the safety and security of the 20th African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Forum.
The structure, led by the South African Police Service (SAPS), South African National Defence Force (SANDF), and the State Security Agency (SSA), has put a safety and security operational plan in place.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Athlenda Mathe said that police visibility has been increased around the Johannesburg Expo Centre to prevent and combat opportunistic crime during the event.
Only those with valid accreditation will be allowed near the venue, and those with fraudulent credentials will face legal consequences, she said.
“Those found with fraudulent accreditation will face the full might of the law. Lost cards must be immediately reported to the South African Police Service. It is a serious offence to exchange cards amongst colleagues.
“Residents of Johannesburg and those who are operating businesses within the vicinity of the Johannesburg Expo Centre are advised about road closures for the duration of the event,” said Mathe.
Road closures in the vicinity of the venue have been announced, and multidisciplinary teams are in place to ensure a safe and secure event for dignitaries, attendees, and spectators.
• Nasrec Road and Recreation Road;
• Nasrec Road and Randshow Road;
• Randshow Road and Commerce Street;
• Nasrec Road and Landbou Road;
• Golden Highway Road and Randshow Road;
• Ring 1 and Ring 2;
• Golden Highway and Stadium Road and
• Nasrec Road and Stadium Road.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu