‘All measures’ in place for free, fair and safe election

Staff Writer | May 03, 2019
The government says its Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster is confident ‘all safety and security measures’ have been put in place for the 8 May election.

South Africa’s Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster “has been hard at work” analysing the safety and security situation in the country and putting measures in place to protect all citizens on Election Day, the government has announced.

The “highest risk” areas were the North West and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces. Five teams would be “maintained at national level to be deployed to any part of the country where the situation requires urgent intervention to deal with high risk situations”.

The Government Communication and Information Service (GCIS) said in a statement: “At this stage, we can reemphasise our confidence that all safety and security measures have been put in place to create an environment for free and fair elections starting from the 6th to the 8th of May 2019.

“Through our intelligence-driven operations, hotspots in the country have been identified and will be prioritised.”

The statement said ‘all relevant security-aligned departments” were “working tirelessly to ensure the successful delivery of the 6th general elections”.

“As a force multiplier we will be deploying around 3 504 reservists nationwide.”

The GCIS said SAPS officers would “enhance visibility and prevent any form of criminal activity” around the country’s 22 924 voting stations and 9 results centres.

“Furthermore, police officials will monitor all forms of protestation or ‘shutdowns’ to ensure that no individual’s constitutional right to vote will be infringed. … Law enforcement agencies will also provide security services to the presiding and voting officers when they collect and deliver ballot papers/boxes to voting stations. In total, 51 306 police officers will be deployed in the voting stations on Election Day.”

 

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