Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

South Africa: Police Minister To Address Officers Deployed At The BRICS Summit

Police Minister General Bheki Cele will on Monday address all the forces deployed at the 15th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 22 to 24 August.

This follows numerous security engagements and briefings by security role-players responsible for safeguarding the upcoming BRICS Summit.

The summit is expected to be attended by over 30 Heads of State and Government from across Africa, scores of government representatives, as well as local and international dignitaries and summit delegates.

The security forces parade will comprise officers from across various disciplines of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and supporting security agencies deployed to safeguard the event.

Last week, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) affirmed South Africa’s ability to host the 15th BRICS summit successfully.

Together, BRICS has more than 40% of the world’s population; makes up a quarter of the global economy and accounts for a fifth of global trade.

BRICS leaders are also expected to discuss the issue of membership expansion. Over 30 African Heads of State and Government are expected to attend the summit, with over 20 countries having formally applied to join BRICS.

In his address to the nation on Sunday, President Ramaphosa said South Africa supports the expansion of the membership of BRICS.

“The value of BRICS extends beyond the interests of its current members. For its efforts to be more effective, BRICS needs to build partnerships with other countries that share its aspirations and perspectives,” President Ramaphosa said.

He said BRICS plays an essential role in the world due to its economic power, market potential, political influence and development cooperation.

Only those with accreditation to attend will be allowed near the venue and restricted areas. Those found with fraudulent accreditation will face the full might of the law.

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