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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, April 5, 2010

Soccer: SAfrica’s government says World Cup will be safe

Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG — With its World Cup security plans already under intense scrutiny, South Africa's government has stressed it has taken a "tough stance" against crime and the killing of right-wing leader Eugene Terreblanche will not affect soccer's marquee tournament.

Police minister Nathi Mthetwa says South Africa is starting to "see the results" of its fight against crime.

Terreblanche was murdered Saturday in what police described as a wage dispute with two black workers. The incident has increased racial tensions and fears over safety just nine weeks ahead of World Cup kickoff.

Terreblanche's white supremacist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging group says it will tell teams to reconsider traveling to South Africa as it is "a land of murder."