With more than 2 760 voting stations in Gauteng, police in the province say measures have been put in place to deal with any possible security breaches.
Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said they were ready to ensure safe and secure elections.
Last Friday, Police Minister Bheki Cele highlighted the readiness of the security forces ahead of the elections, which kicked off on Monday with special votes.
"Safety and security forms an integral part of the IEC's mandate to deliver free and fair elections. Police thus need the cooperation of peace loving and law abiding citizens to work with us during these elections, and together fight any criminal element that seeks to frustrate the delivery of crime-free elections," Mawela said.
Police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters said deployments throughout the election period would be intelligence-driven and that they would respond to threats as they emerged.
Peters also urged parents to be aware of their children's whereabouts during this period.
"Parents are also reminded that there is no waiting period to report a missing person. Delays in reporting a missing person could further compromise their prospects of being found."
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