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Staff reporter | 30 April, 2010 00:40

Parents' killer loses appeal

Riaz Kadwa, sentenced to 22 years in prison for killing his parents, yesterday lost his appeal against the conviction and sentence in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

He is to present himself to the department of correctional services to begin his sentence, his attorney, Yusha Tayob, told The Times yesterday.

Kadwa, 23, out on bail, is said to be "devastated".

Kadwa murdered his parents, prominent plastic surgeon Anwar, and his wife Munira, on October 5 2005.

His sister, Nabila, was given a one-year jail sentence, suspended for five years, for attempting to defeat the ends of justice. - Bongiwe Sithole

3000 soccer hooligans barred

POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa yesterday announced that South Africa will host the safest and most secure World Cup tournament ever.

Mthethwa spoke at the elaborate launch of the police's security readiness and good ambassadors campaign at the Cape Town stadium yesterday.

He warned that 3000 identified soccer hooligans will not be allowed to enter the country.

Those who manage to slip into the country will be monitored.

The campaign was launched with much pomp and fanfare as doves and exactly 2010 balloons were released into the air.

Officers from every unit of the police packed the stadium.

They gave the crowd, including Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and police chief General Bheki Cele, a crowd control display.

Police aircraft circled the stadium.

"The 2010 Fifa World Cup attracts millions of visitors and presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us.

"But, as a country, we clearly understand that the hosting of this tournament is not just about South Africa - the world's spotlight will be equally on Africa.

"This placed a huge responsibility on our government and people to ensure the safety of our visitors," said Mthethwa.

Lt-Gen Andre Pruis presented Cele with the police operational plan for the World Cup.

Cele revealed that, of the country's 190000 police officers, 44000 will be deployed to the World Cup.

"When people ask me if we are ready to host this World Cup today, I will say no.

"If they ask me if we will be ready tomorrow, I will say no.

"And when they ask what the problem is, I will say: 'We were ready yester-day'," Cele said.

The national police chief introduced the police commissioners of every province to a jubilant crowd. - Nashira Davids

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