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Top cop assures election hot spots will remain under control

Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane insists that the police deployment plan has been successfully rolled out at voting districts across South Africa.

Phahlane explained that 75 000 police officers have been deployed across the country to monitor the situation at all 22 000 voting stations, reports EWN's Barry Bateman.

According to Phahlane, no serious incidents have been reported at election hot spots as yet, despite a shaky start from the IEC.

Vuwani is one of more than 600 high risk areas across the country, which police officers will keep a close eye on.

Phahlane is confident that everything is under control, and will remain so for the rest of the voting day.

Listen to the the full conversation from The Midday Report from Stephen Grootes:

Vuwani residents in Limpopo have vowed not to vote today, in protest against municipal demarcation.

At least four Vuwani protesters were apparently arrested earlier this week for "irresponsible utterances".

However, constitutional law expert explains that "irresponsible utterances" are not legal grounds on which to charge citizens.

He explains the difference between this, inciting violence and political intimidation.

Listen to the the full conversation from The Midday Report from Stephen Grootes:

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