NATJOINTS successfully safeguarded AFCON 2013
(NATJOINTS) Media Statement by the Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS)
18 February 2013
The establishment of the JOINTS twelve years ago to ensure the safety and security of all major operations, from elections to international sporting events has continuously proven its effectiveness. The integration of various government departments in the structure has resulted in a speedy and coordinated approach to the event. The departments involved in the NATJOINTS are, inter alia, the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the South African Revenue Services (SARS), the State Security Agency (SSA), the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Transport, the Department of Health, the Department of Home Affairs, the Provincial Traffic Police, the Metro Police, PRASA, ESKOM and many others.
than 800 000 fans and spectators were safeguarded at the stadiums, together
with thousands of tourists and local service providers in various tourist
districts and hotels. The host cities of
to excessive rains, floods resulted, affecting thousands of people in two
provinces - Limpopo and
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is mandated in terms of the Electronic Communications Act to ensure regulatory compliance in the telecommunications environment thereby ensuring that licensed users do not experience harmful interference, which will degrade their systems, networks and/or processes. ICASA confiscated radio apparatus which was illegally used, causing interference during a AFCON 2013 match.
The apparatus was being utilised by an international company, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. This action followed a complaint from the SABC that they were experiencing radio interference between talk back microphones and the broadcast facility.
In keeping with this provision, ICASA also forms a core component of the Events Safety and Security Priority Committee (ESSPC) as well as NATJOINTS.
The SANDF was an integral part of the NATJOINTS and supported the SAPS in safeguarding the AFCON 2013. Aircraft were used for air-space security patrols and aerial reconnaissance flights were also carried out during every match. For the host cities on the coast, offshore patrol vessels as well as harbour patrol boats were used for maritime security patrols, in and around the ports. Reinforcements were on standby in every host province, in case assistance would be required. High-risk protection teams of the SANDF worked together with the SAPS Special Task Force and the National Intervention Unit to provide specialised response services. The SA Medical Health Services provided support and a major response service on national level. Medical teams from the Department of Health, Netcare 911 and ER 24 were also on standby to assist, in case the need arose.
Chairperson of the NATJOINTS, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, said “I wish to
thank all departments and their employees who, under the umbrella of the
NATJOINTS, have once again proven their exceptional abilities to safeguard the
officials, teams and spectators of this tournament. They have made
Captain Dennis Adriao
National police spokesperson
South African Police Service
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