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SAPS ready to ensure peaceful elections

With political murders increasing ahead of the election, 14 000 policemen and women have been deployed to flash points in KwaZulu-Natal. Communities have been encouraged to work closely with the police, who have been sourced from different parts of the country.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda says, “The South African Police Services (SAPS) will maintain static deployment in 162 high risk voting stations. We believe this will ensure the prevention of political related violence.”

Authorities say the police will transport ballot papers to and from all voting stations.

Speaking on PM Live, Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says there are 650 voting stations around the country which have been categorised as high risk.

“People need not worry about which ones are high risk and which ones are low risk, they must just know that there are voting stations in the country that they can approach to cast their democratic vote. The police are going to do what they are supposed to be doing and ensuring that there is deployment responsive to the assessment which has been made.”

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Meanwhile, more than 4000 voting stations opened for special voting in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) Mawethu Mosery, only one of the stations experienced a glitch which resulted in a delay. “We have one case where opening has been delayed due to a protest in ward one of Umzimkhulu municipality. Police are on site stabilizing the voting stations. It seems like there’s an issue of electricity delivery in that community.”

The IEC has given the assurance that the 17 home visits in the area will be done by the end of August 02.

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