Police ready for elections: Cele

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Police Minister General Bheki Cele says more than 51 000 police officers will be deployed at voting stations across the country.

This as the country heads to the polls on Wednesday May 8th.

He identified KwaZulu-Natal and North West as high-risk provinces where possible protests could disrupt voting.

Speaking on Morning Live he says KZN has had a number of political killings that is why its been identified as a high risk area.

North West was identified because a couple of weeks back in Bloemhof community members prevented the premier from entering the area.

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster of ministers says resources including extra security will be deployed to ensure free and fair elections.

Cele says the whole security cluster will be dealing with the elections but will be led by the police.

“Should there be a need for security to be intensified, the cluster will handle the matter.” says Cele.

He says they are ready to deal with any violence that may arise on election day.

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