Saps: Optimal operational plan in place to ensure safety of voters

Police minister Bheki Cele has announced that more than 51,000 police officers will be deployed to ballot stations on election day to ensure the safety of voters.

He also said at a press conference on Thursday that KwaZulu-Natal and North West have been identified as high-risk areas.

National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole joins Africa Melane to look at the security measures in place.

He confirms that there will be maximum deployment in the two priority provinces, but also in specific hotspot areas.

Apart from the two provinces, there are other geographical areas in all the other provinces that we're focusing on to make sure that our deployments are maximised, to ensure that the area is safe and we are able to respond to any crime-related matter or any matter that can create an unsafe environment during the vote.

Khehla Sitole, National police commissioner

Sitole says the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is also on standby to deploy quickly should the need arise in specific areas.

Existing crime operations will continue, in tandem with the electoral deployment of police.

Such deployments are not withdrawn, they complement election deployment in such areas.

Khehla Sitole, National police commissioner

He says he is satisfied that units can be deployed at any given time to tackle any security situation that may arise on election day.

For more from the commissioner, listen below:


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