2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Voter intimidation is criminal and will not be tolerated - Saps

South Africans will head to the polls on Wednesday in a much-anticipated national election.

Over 51 000 police officers and 3000 reservists are being deployed at different voting stations on the day.

Read: KZN police deployed to areas prone to protests as special voting gets underway

The police have identified areas prone to violence as critical hot spots.

To address the South Africans Police Service (Saps) readiness for 8 May, 702's Bongani Bingwa speaks to National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sithole.

We have demonstrated our state of readiness by deploying the number of police officers at voting stations. What is essential, is that if any incidents occur, as the police we will respond with immediate effect.

General Khehla Sithole, National police commissioner

Because we have committed to the nation, that there will be safe elections. We arrested 16 people in the North West.

General Khehla Sithole, National police commissioner

He highlights hotspots targeted by criminals during this period but insists everything is under control.

North West and KwaZulu- Natal are the main focus areas but we are fortunate that KwaZulu-Natal is quiet and it is just the North West that had an incident.

General Khehla Sithole, National police commissioner

Sithole warns against anyone using intimidation to prevent others from voting.

Those who are intimidating, the message has been sent, that it is criminal to do that. Several people suspected of intimidation have been taken in for questioning.

General Khehla Sithole, National police commissioner

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