Willies Mchunu after being sworn in as the new premier of KwaZulu-Natal in the Legislature.
~ Ian Carbutt, The Witness
Durban – Law enforcement authorities are to be deployed to 162 high risk voting stations during the August 3 local government elections in KwaZulu-Natal, Premier Willies Mchunu said on Friday.
Mchunu was speaking at a multi-party committee meeting where political parties pledged not to engage in political violence in the build-up to the elections.
According to Mchunu, KwaZulu-Natal had 5.4 million registered voters and more than 6 500 voting stations.
"The SAPS will ensure that there are adequate personnel in the 17 clusters, with 194 police stations. They will also maintain static deployment at the IEC warehouse and distribution centres."
Mchunu said authorities were prioritising the allocation of adequate infrastructure at voting stations, including electricity, lighting, water and ablution facilities.
He said around 423 road traffic inspectorate officers and 250 metro police from eThekwini Metro had been deployed, while the department of health had also provided emergency medical rescue services.
Provincial government would deploy 14 944 trained police personnel to voting stations throughout the province, with 170 SA National Defence Force members on standby.
"Without dwelling much on the past, it is important to remember that murders emanating from political violence weighted heavily on KZN more than any other parts of SA. The pride of our respective political parties and of personal ambition must not obscure the focus on the future of our province," he said.
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