Minister Cele confident

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The Police Ministry is confident that despite pockets of election-related demonstrations and in some cases, voting stations being padlocked by disgruntled community members, the November 1 Local Government Elections will go ahead in a safe and secure environment.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele visited the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province on the eve of Election Day on Sunday 31 October 2021, to assess the state of readiness of the South African Police Services’ ability to ensure a safe election. This visit comes off the back of his visit to the Mpumalanga province on Saturday 30 October 2021, for the same purpose.

In both provinces, Minister Cele was taken through the SAPS local government elections deployment plan, focusing on how police will deal with all eventualities, especially at identified hot-spot areas.

The Police Minister is sure that the SAPS in the various provinces including KZN and Mpumalanga, have put measures in place to ensure the safety of voters, IEC officials, and the public in general.

“These provinces have received additional SAPS officers ahead of the elections and not only that, law enforcement agencies including the SANDF will be working hand in glove with police as force multipliers.”

Cele added that the provinces have put together solid plans informed by intelligence-driven analysis and this gives me confidence that those plans will result in citizens casting their votes freely, with little to no disruptions.”

The heightened deployment in identified areas during the Election will remain in place, until the election results are announced on  November 4.

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