17 000 Cops Deployed to KwaZulu-Natal to Ensure Security During Elections in Hotspot Areas

17 000 Cops Deployed to KwaZulu-Natal to Ensure Security During Elections in Hotspot Areas

  • At least 17 000 police officers will be deployed to the province of KwaZulu-Natal as election day draws nearer
  • The cops will be deployed to hotspot areas to ensure safety for both the voters and politicians in the region
  • KwaZulu-Natal has become widely known for its political killings and hitmen culture, and these are the concerns raised by the police ministry

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Thousands of cops head to KwaZulu-Natal
17 000 cops will be in KwaZulu-Natal to ensure the safety of voters and politicians. Images: @SAPoliceService
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KWAZULU-NATAL - More than 17,000 police officers will be deployed across KwaZulu-Natal for the upcoming election.

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17 000 cops

According to the SABC, the security cluster has identified eThekwini Municipality as having the province's highest number of high-risk voting stations.

KwaZulu-Natal has the second-highest registered voters in South Africa, following Gauteng. With over 4,900 voting stations, the IEC is confident in its security systems for tracking ballot papers.

Security agencies will be at every voting station, with increased deployments in hotspot areas. eThekwini Metro has the majority of high-risk stations, while other districts receiving additional police deployments include Amajuba, Uthukela, and Zululand.

The provincial government reports fewer political intolerance incidents than in previous polls but is still appealing for peace. Police are currently investigating 13 cases of election-related crimes.

After months of preparation, the Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced it is fully ready for next week’s election.

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Mzansi weigh in

Many South Africans are hopeful that this year's elections will run smoothly. The safety situation in KwaZulu-Natal has sparked fears among voters, but many are determined to still make their mark.

Here are some of the reactions:

@henriettefroh shared:

"If only CyrilRamaphosa would have responded to our energy crisis with the same level of commitment as he is to this,"

@GNicolaai said:

"Good to hear, but surely those soldiers are paid for anyway."

@BigDlamz asked:

"Why would they disclose the number of troops being deployed."

@phama_motsep expressed:

"Why is this costing us? If the mploys these people?"

@spunkyP81 commented:

"Intimidation disguised as "preservation of law and order."

@Solomon shared:

"What about the safety of other provinces":

@Sam sent well wishes:

"Good luck to all the cops out there."

Police Minister Cele labels KwaZulu-Natal as a key source of hitmen

In a related story, Briefly News reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed the alarming increase in contract killings in South Africa.

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Cele highlighted KwaZulu-Natal as a central location for hired hitmen, noting its growing reputation.

The discussions with Izinduna in Soweto shed light on the prevalence of contract killings and the region's role in facilitating such activities.

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Trisha Pillay (Weekend current affairs editor) Trisha Pillay is a Current Affairs writer at Briefly News. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg and an Honours degree in International Politics from UNISA. She joined ENCA straight out of varsity and completed an internship at the channel. Pillay later went on to cover politics, crime, entertainment, and current affairs at the Citizen Newspaper. She joined Newzroom Afrika in 2019 and became a senior bulletin editor for shows focused on politics and current affairs on the channel. She joined Briefly News in 2023. You can contact her at trisha.pillay@briefly.co.za

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