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#Elections2014: Security forces arrive in Bekkersdal

Six police officials will be deployed to each voting station in the high-risk area.

South African National Defence Force cars were deployed to patrol the street of Bekkersdal ahead of the national elections. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say there will be six police officers at each voting station in the Bekkersdal township, which has been declared a high-risk area in this year's elections.

Approximately 200,000 South African Police Service (SAPS) members and nearly 2,000 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have been deployed by the Presidency and government's security cluster to areas where there is potential for protests to disrupt voting.

The police have deployed a range of different units to Bekkersdal, including mounted horsemen, a tactical response team and public order policing officers.

Police spokesman Neville Malila says while they are leaving nothing to chance, they don't expect any violence.

"It was quiet on Monday, we didn't have any incidents. We also expect it to be quiet today."

Malila says residents in Bekkersdal have been assured that they will be well guarded on election day.

"There are 14 polling stations and in the high-risk areas there are at least six members at each of those polling stations. But normal policing in the area continues."

The SANDF troops and police started with patrols early this morning and will remain stationed in Bekkersdal until the vote counting process is finalised.

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