Police Minister Bheki Cele says elections are running smoothly in KwaZulu-Natal following service delivery protests that ensued in the area on Monday.
Cele has visited 15 voting stations in the province identified as high-risk areas.
I visited one of the hotspots this morning, that would be the hostel in unit 17 as well as Kwamashu hostel.— Bheki Cele, Commissioner - South African Police Service
Everything looks well. People are standing on queues doing what they are supposed to do.— Bheki Cele, Commissioner - South African Police Service
We have a minimal presence of police. It doesn't look like a crime scene and people are working very well.— Bheki Cele, Commissioner - South African Police Service
Cele says other voting stations that were not open this morning due to service delivery protests in ward 15 and 11 are currently open after police intervened.
He also confirmed that residents of Vuwani, Limpopo, are standing in queues casting their votes following the arrest of people who were causing disruptions in the area.
People are free there, so things are fine even in Vuwani.— Bheki Cele, Commissioner - South African Police Service
#sapsMinistry Police Minister Mr Bheki Cele, #SAPS Station Commander of Umlazi, Brigadier Ntuli and Presiding Officer Mr Mthembeni Chili in Umlazi Lodge (TeHuise) voting station. Monitoring compliance and police deployment. #SAElection2019 SW pic.twitter.com/3lJP6pO27k— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) May 8, 2019
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