Pretoria - At least 51 300 police officers would be deployed to various polling stations for the May 8 general elections, said Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Cele made the announcement on the police's state of readiness address to ensure that safety and security on the election day during a media briefing at the GCIS offices in Pretoria.
Speaking on behalf of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster, Cele emphasised that the police were ready to deal with any potential threats against the smooth running of the elections.
He said: "The cluster’s approach is that safety and security during the elections must be co-ordinated by all concerned departments and stakeholders with the aim of ensuring that all South Africans exercise their Constitutional right to vote freely and fairly."
In addition to security measures, he said that around 3 500 reservists would also be deployed in all the nine provinces.