Johannesburg - State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele on Wednesday called for peace and calm in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, after two election tents in the township were set on fire.
"The situation is very stable but we are calling for people to be calm," he told reporters outside the Development Hub voting station.
He expressed satisfaction over the deployment of security personnel in the area. He cautioned against the use of children to carry out attacks.
"We are concerned about use of children. As you know, we have one in our custody for throwing petrol bombs. We know they are not the ones buying the petrol," he said.
He called on residents to go out in their numbers to vote without fear as security in the township was sufficient.
Cwele said election material would be safe and more officers could be deployed if need be.
"We can protect this election. We will be here at every voting station until they close and ensure voting material is safe. We will deploy more police to patrol at night as we know these kinds of acts take place at night," Cwele said.
Earlier, police said a man had been arrested in connection with the burning down of the tents on Monday night, without giving his age.
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