Cele allays voting safety fears

Ongoing service delivery protests are threatening to jeopardise voting. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele says law enforcement agencies will be out in full force to ensure the polls are secure.

The country has seen a range of often violent protests over the past week.

“All voting stations in the country will be accessible to all," said Cele.

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"No protests nor shutdown will abuse the constitutional right to vote.

“Do we have a plan to deal with protests? Yes, we do,” he said.

Cele wouldn't share his plan.

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But he's pleading for calm especially in volatile areas.

His counterpart in state security says shutdowns remain a major concern.

“Once you pronounce you are going to have a shutdown you infringe other people’s rights," said Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, State Security Minister.

The security cluster says the phenomenon of no-go zones belong to the past and any act of criminality will be dealt with.