Pretoria – Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has expressed his satisfaction with the safety of the 2014 elections.
Hotspot areas were identified and targeted ahead of time, and “our work paid off”, he told News24 at the IEC’s national results operations centre in Pretoria on Thursday. Watch.
Police officials launched operations aimed at preventing violence and intimidation in these areas.
“All hotspot areas went very well and turnout was good,” he said.
This came as IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula confirmed on Thursday that there were two shooting incidents reported in the vicinity of voting stations in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday. Two people were also arrested for attacking a voting station in Tzaneen.
However, Mthethwa said it later emerged that one death in KwaZulu-Natal was related to a taxi feud and was not related to the elections.
He added that the deaths were not in areas which were identified by police as hotspot areas.
“The police are in hot pursuit of whoever is involved there,” he said.
Tlakula said these remain isolated incidents, but the IEC is taking them “extremely seriously” and is investigating, along with police and other partners.
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