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Following the July unrest, armed troops will again be deployed in hotspots to ensure safe voting.
Following the July unrest, armed troops will again be deployed in hotspots to ensure safe voting.
Nash Narrandes

Crime and security experts are hopeful that KwaZulu-Natal will get more troops deployed amid the anticipated protests and possible violence during the election period.

The experts raised concerns about violent activities which might erupt in the upcoming weekend, on election day and also after the results are announced.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) confirmed on Thursday that 10 000 of their members will be deployed across the country to help law enforcement agencies safeguard the November 1 local government elections. Army spokesperson Mafi Mgobozi said the deployment will begin on Saturday when the special voting process starts, and is expected to run until next Wednesday.

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