Security cluster declares SA safe, ready for upcoming polls

Security cluster declares SA safe, ready for upcoming polls

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster says the country is ready for next week's local government elections.

Police Minister Bheki Cele security cluster media briefing elections

The cluster briefed media on the state of readiness for 2021 local government elections on Monday in Pretoria.

The briefing comes amid concerns about safety during the elections, with political killings on the rise.

At least six people have died in KwaZulu-Natal in what are believed to be political spats between rival candidates.

In separate incidents, two others were killed in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Police Minister Bheki Cele says four provinces are on the watch list, with additional reinforcement expected for voting stations in Gauteng, KZN, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

"Fortunately, a big portion of about 19,000 will be on the low risk, and we'll have about 3,000 that will be on medium and between 270 to 300 that are of the high-risk around the country," said Cele.

For operational purposes, Cele was unable to give an exact figure of police deployed across the country.

"There will be adequate policing, it will be enough."


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