National 2.8.2016 03:11 pm

Heavy police presence in Tshwane for elections

Visible policing is promised in Pretoria West. Photo: Pretoria Moot Rekord

Visible policing is promised in Pretoria West. Photo: Pretoria Moot Rekord

Police have been deployed to patrol voting stations in and around the west of Pretoria on Wednesday.

The Tshwane West police cluster has assured voters that Wednesday’s elections will go ahead smoothly, Pretoria Moot Rekord reports.

Spokesperson Captain Augustinah Selepe said there would be a heavy police presence ahead of the elections.

“Police will be keeping a close eye on voting stations around Pretoria West and Central. We have deployed different teams to patrol almost all voting stations in and around the west of Pretoria. Everything should go according to plan, we don’t expect any violence tomorrow, but if that happens, we have a team that’s prepared to deal with it,” she said.

Selepe also encouraged residents to vote.

Following the violent protests in Atteridgeville and surrounding areas following the announcement of Thoko Didiza as ANC mayoral candidate in June, the police were expecting a peaceful voting day.

On Tuesday, Atteridgeville police spokesperson Captain Thomas Mufamadi said no “hotspots” had been identified in Atteridgeville ahead of the election. The SAPS had tweeted on Monday that they would use intelligence services to identify the hotspots ahead of the election.

“We are going to be visible throughout the voting day in all stations around Atteridgeville. No special attention will be given to any voting station,” he added.

Caxton News Service

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