CSIR prediction

Image: X/@IECSouthAfrica.

Security cluster gears up for election 2024 safety ahead of 29 May

NATJOINTS has assured South Africans that they have adequate plans to ensure the upcoming elections proceed smoothly.

CSIR prediction

Image: X/@IECSouthAfrica.

NATJOINTS, led by South African Police Service (SAPS), South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and State Security Agency (SSA), has affirmed that they have implemented ample measures to guarantee the smooth conduct of the upcoming elections, free from any crime or disruption.

Beefed up security for upcoming elections

Lieutenant-General Tebello Mosikili, chairperson of NATJOINTS, stated that they have conducted a comprehensive national security assessment and are content with the current operational plan.

“We can assure South Africans that a conducive environment for a peaceful election has been prepared,” she said.

Mosikili mentioned that SAPS’s executive management recently toured each province to evaluate its preparedness status. 

 They affirm that all provinces are fully prepared and have implemented requisite measures to deter and address instances of violence and criminal activity. 

Furthermore, they have identified several high-risk voting stations and areas prone to volatility.

“Threats identified such as community protests are already being attended to and those that are found to be in contravention of the law are being dealt with. Our Public Order Policing units are on the ground and are ready to prevent and combat any such incidents.

“These places are being monitored on an on-going basis and deployments are subsequently proportional to the level of risk identified through intensified operations, informed by thorough analysis and intelligence-based reports,” she said.

According to IOL, Moreover, she indicated that the police are investigating two break-in incidents, one at the IEC offices in Houghton and Johannesburg and another in Caledon, Western Cape.

“The Houghton case where a laptop has been stolen, the investigation is still under way, and in Western Cape, seven suspects were arrested in Caledon after they broke into the IEC offices and stole a scanner and a projector. All seven suspects have appeared in court and were remanded in custody,” she said.

Mosikili emphasised that although measures have been implemented to address lawlessness during the election period, the primary responsibility for ensuring a safe and secure election rests with the citizens.

“It is a partnership that is required to create harmony, respect for self and others, even as we make our way to the polls and back home.”

NATJOINTS sets zero tolerance policy for threats during elections

Mosikili stated that individuals breaking the law are being addressed accordingly.

She noted awareness of social media posts advocating for a shutdown by a group of truck drivers. 

Emphasising zero tolerance for threats, intimidation, and road closures, she stated that law enforcement agencies are vigilant to prevent criminal activities and ensure minimal disruption for law-abiding citizens. 

She urged workers in the Road Freight Industry to address their concerns lawfully.

“The second phase of the elections is the period from the 27th up until the announcement of the results, and will see static deployments at voting stations, escorting of voter material and IEC staff, securing of election warehouses, transportation of voting material and the enforcement of the Electoral Act.”

According to The Citizen, Mosikili emphasised that every citizen can make political decisions according to the constitution.

This encompasses the right to engage in political party activities, recruit members, and campaign for a political party or cause.

Regarding the third phase, which occurs after the official announcement of election results, Mosikili stated that plans have already been established to monitor celebrations and gatherings.

She mentioned that preparations for the President’s inauguration are also underway.

These events will be supervised in accordance with both the SASREA and the Gatherings Act.

Mosikili highlighted that fake news poses one of the most significant threats currently.

She strongly condemned the dissemination of fake news, unverified information, rumours, or threats, emphasising that such actions aim to induce panic and confusion and potentially incite violence.

She wrapped up by affirming that law enforcement agencies are actively present and will persist in applying fundamental policing principles, adhering to the Constitution.

She stressed that every law enforcement officer is duty-bound to fulfil their mandate professionally, impartially, and with integrity, ensuring compliance with the country’s laws.