On the eve of the 2019 national elections the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Gauteng Police Commissioner, lieutenant general Elias Mawela, has confirmed their readiness of security to deliver safe and secure elections in the province.
According to SA News, in a statement the Gauteng SAPS said that the province had activated an initial deployment which successfully delivered rallies of four political parties over the weekend in Johannesburg, Soweto and the West Rand districts with limited incidents reported.
“Safety and security forms an integral part of the IEC’s mandate to deliver free and fair elections. Police thus need the cooperation of peace loving and law abiding citizens to work with us during these elections and together fight any criminal element that seeks to frustrate the delivery of crime free elections,” said Mawela.
Furthermore the Police Commissioner urged the community to work with the police over the election period and beyond and also emphasised on the safety of children over this period.
“Parents must at all times be aware of the whereabouts of their children. Parents are also reminded that there is no waiting period to report a missing person. Delays in reporting a missing person could further compromise their prospects of being found,” added Mawela.
The publication adds that the IEC has published a Handbook on Electoral Offences, with clear illustrations of possible penalties such as a fine or imprisonment for a period of five to 10 years depending on the offence.