2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Police escorts for IEC officials in hotspots

The South African Police Services (Saps) has arrested 21 people for allegedly torching an electoral officer's vehicle in Ganyesa in the North West.

National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole is visiting the province ahead of the general elections taking place tomorrow.

Speaking to Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala show, Sitole says it has identified eight hotspots for possible violence and disruptions.

Any person who is trying to create a situation in which our community should feel threatened during the election will be taken behind bars.

General Khehla Sitole, Police commissioner

We've got a contingency of over 5 000 deployed throughout the province.

General Khehla Sitole, Police commissioner

Sitole says IEC officials were intercepted while travelling in the province and an empty ballot box was found.

I have indicated that none of the IEC officials will move around alone without the police in the hotspots.

General Khehla Sitole, Police commissioner

There will be police on patrol or escorting them.

General Khehla Sitole, Police commissioner

Listen to the full interview below...


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