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Gauteng police to beef up security during elections

Gauteng will receive double the resources from the national police to focus on keeping residents safe.

FILE: ANC vehicle at the party's door-to-door election campaign in Mamelodi on 17 June 2016. Picture: Twitter: @GautengANC

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe De Lange says the South African Police Services will have enough man power on the ground to ensure the safety of voters during next month's local government elections.

She says a formal elections policing operation will begin a week before elections.

De Lange says Gauteng will receive double the resources from the national police to focus on keeping residents safe.

"We'll be doing our normal day-to-day duties. We'll be doing extra duties especially on the hotspots all over and we'll having extra resources we've requested from outside."

She says the operation will continue well after 3 August.

"Even after the elections we'll be working for the next 10 days working 24/7 making sure that everybody in the province is safe. We need to make sure that everybody will be safe."