National 1.8.2016 02:59 pm

Police ready for elections in Vuwani

A cardboard sign opposing the Malamulele municipality, hangs on a vandalised street sign at a blocked intersection in Vuwani. Picture: Refilwe Modise

A cardboard sign opposing the Malamulele municipality, hangs on a vandalised street sign at a blocked intersection in Vuwani. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The acting national police commissioner says more than 1 000 police officers have been deployed to ensure voters’ safety.

Acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has given the assurance that the people of Vuwani in the Vhembi district in Limpopo would be able to vote in the local government elections on Wednesday.
Briefing the media on the state of readiness for elections at Vuwani police station today, Phahlane said police were ready to deliver safe and secure elections in the area.
“We are ready to deliver a safe and secure local government elections,” Phahlane said. “This area has been a challenge for us as a country. But we are grateful that we were able to commit resources and manage the situation very closely. Our take is that we have what it takes to deliver safe and secure elections.”
Phahlane said the people of Vuwani had to be able to exercise their democratic rights. Vuwani, where a number of schools were destroyed during the recent protests, has been identified as one of the hotspot areas around the country. The area has about 56 voting stations.
Fourteen special voting stations will be opened tomorrow were 34 people are expected to vote.
More than 1 000 police officers have been deployed to the area.
“As law enforcement agencies we are ready,” Phahlane said.n “We have done what is necessary in as far as deployment is concerned.”
He urged Vuwani resident  to go in large numbers to cast their votes.
“We can guarantee them they need not fear anyone,” Phahlane said. “The elections in Vuwani, like any other part of the country, will take place. We have done that which we have committed to do to deploy security forces to ensure that we are able to let people exercise their democratic rights.”
Commenting on the arrest of Vuwani leaders who reiterated their stance that elections would not take place in the area at the weekend, Phahlane said: “We have warned that any irresponsible speeches will not be left alone. There is no way that we can allow irresponsible conduct. As the SAPS we cannot be spectators in a situation like that.”
– ngwakom@citizen.co.za

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