Security launched for elections

2011-05-16 15:45

Johannesburg - The Natjoints intelligence and security system was launched on Monday ahead of local government elections on Wednesday, police officials said.

"As is usual practice in terms of securing major events, the SA Police Service is the lead department of the Natjoints and chairs the National Joint Operational Committee meetings which take place daily, and during which all departments give briefings and updates on the security and intelligence picture countrywide," said spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer in a statement.

The police department heads up the Natjoints, or the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.

Other representatives include the SA National Defence Force, the Independent Electoral Commission, the State Security Agency and the departments of health, home affairs, co-operative governance, justice and international relations.

"On election day, May 18 2011 the South African Police Service, together with the Independent Electoral Commission, will safeguard the inner perimeters of the 20 864 polling stations.

"The SAPS, together with the SANDF in certain areas, will secure the outer perimeters of polling stations, escort election material and perform general crime prevention duties," said De Beer.

Also, the police, SANDF and Air Force would be on stand-by "to rapidly react to any contingency".

"After all registered voters have cast their votes, the security forces will be responsible for policing the result centres and the counting process, maintaining law and order and performing general crime prevention duties."