Johannesburg - Voting in Wednesday's general elections
was "safe and secure" in the North West, provincial police said.
"Since voting began this morning voters in the
province have gone to the polls in a safe and secure environment ensured by the
dedicated joint security forces," police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane
This also applied to areas previously identified as
He said there had been media reports about people being
told not to vote in Bloemhof, which created "unnecessary panic" among
Earlier, Business Day Live reported that the number of
police deployed in Bloemhof created an impression that violence could break out
there. Recent protests in the area led police to identify Bloemhof as a
potential risk for the elections and police presence was beefed up there.
Ngubane assured Bloemhof voters that they should feel
free to visit their voting stations.
Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Zukiswa
Mbombo reiterated the police's commitment to protect citizens' democratic right
"If any person feels intimidated the matter should
be urgently brought to the attention of our security forces."
Ngubane urged the public to respect the rule of law once
Security forces would continue to monitor the situation
in various areas throughout Wednesday night.
He appealed to the public to respect IEC officials.
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