Over 2000 SANDF members deployed for election security.

SANDF deployed for election security. Image: X/@SANDF_ZA

SANDF deployed for election security across South Africa

To ensure smooth national and provincial elections, 2828 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed.

Over 2000 SANDF members deployed for election security.

SANDF deployed for election security. Image: X/@SANDF_ZA

In a significant move to ensure the smooth conduct of the upcoming national and provincial elections, a total of 2828 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed to maintain and preserve law and order.

This deployment aims to support the South African Police Service (SAPS) in preventing and combating crime during this critical period.

SANDF deployed to secure South Africa’s elections

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially informed the National Assembly about this decision, emphasising the necessity of such measures to guarantee the integrity and safety of the electoral process. The deployment, which falls under Operation Prosper, will span from 20 May to 7 June.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has informed the National Assembly that 2,828 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be employed for service in cooperation with the South African Police Service (SAPS) for the prevention and combating of crime and for the maintenance and preservation of law and order during the National and Provincial Elections,” stated the Presidency.

The president’s office outlined that the authorisation for this deployment aligns with the provisions of Section 201(2)(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996, in conjunction with Section 19 of the Defence Act of 2002 (Act No.42 of 2002).

These legal frameworks permit the deployment of the SANDF to support the police in maintaining public order and safety.

Financial implications estimation

The financial implication of deploying these SANDF members is estimated at R59 451 704, covering the expenses related to their operations during this period.
South Africans will cast their votes at various polling stations across the country on Wednesday.

The voting will take place from 7:00 until 21:00, allowing ample time for citizens to participate in the democratic process.

This deployment comes amid heightened awareness of potential threats to the electoral process, including the risk of violence and unrest that could undermine the legitimacy of the elections.