Pretoria - Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday outlined a massive deployment of state security machinery and officers, particularly to the "hot spot" provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and North West, as a pre-stabilisation mechanism ahead of the May 8 general elections in South Africa.
"We wish all South Africans well as they exercise their constitutional right to vote for the party of their choice in the sixth general election. Two provinces have been mentioned as high risk - that is North West and KZN [KwaZulu-Natal]. Already, there has been a pre-deployment there ... we have sent some platoons and sections in those specific areas trying to make sure there is a pre-stabilisation in those hot spot areas," Cele told journalists in Pretoria on Thursday.
He was flanked by other ministers from government's Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster - State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Home Affairs Minister Siyabonga Cwele. National police commissioner Khehla Sitole was also in attendance.
Cele said the security forces are already taking charge in the volatile areas to eliminate the risks on voting day.
"Already, we are on the ground with the forces. Platoons and sections have been sent in those areas. There are more in KZN and the North West. We have 3 000 reservists, and five other groupings that are waiting to be deployed where it could be necessary on that particular day. All [voting] stations, a low risk area they get two members, medium risk gets four members, high risk will get six members but that doesn't mean should any situation prevail we are not able to increase those figures. We are ready for that," said Cele emphatically.