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News: Additional Public Order Policing members deployed to bolster operations in KwaZulu-Natal and Mthatha, Eastern Cape

Media Statement
South African Police Service (SAPS)

HARRISMITH - Additional Public Order Policing (POP) members are being deployed to different parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape to bolster law enforcement agencies deployments and intensify crime combatting efforts in the two provinces.

This was announced during a send off parade where the National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola addressed more than 700 POP members in Harrismith. These officers will add to the existing capacity of members currently deployed in these provinces, to ensure that voting takes place in a safe and secure environment.

During his address, General Masemola gave the men and women in blue marching orders to ensure they prevent and combat any acts of criminality and protect the rights of South Africans to vote in a peaceful environment.

He confirmed that police have mobilised maximum resources to combat the lawlessness in Mthatha which includes the blocking of roads in Mthatha. Thus far, police have arrested five people who had attempted to block roads leading to the Mthatha Airport.

“We are sending you off to maintain law and order. No disruptions and acts of criminality should take place under your watch. We are sending you out there to protect the constitutional right of South Africans and the integrity of the election process”, said Gen Masemola

The Co-chair of the NATJOINTS, Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili also formed part of the send off parade and also urged members to execute their duties within the ambit of the law.


Brigadier Athlenda Mathe
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