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Zuma deploys 2,000 soldiers to elections hotspots across SA

Jacob Zuma says the 2,000 soldiers will help maintain law and order during and after the elections.

SANDF officials are guarding the landing strip here at the Air Force Base in Pretoria. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has deployed two thousand soldiers to help secure tomorrow's elections, giving them a mandate to remain on the ground for a week after the polls.

In his latest statement, Zuma has urged all South Africans to vote in the local government elections, which he believes will be a "resounding success".

Zuma says the 2,000 soldiers will help maintain law and order during and after their elections.

The troops will be on duty until next week Wednesday.

The police is deploying nearly half of its members to be on election duty, while in Johannesburg almost three thousand metro police officers have been assigned to protect the polls.

Zuma has assured the nation a free and safe election, describing it as a precious right and a key celebration of the country's hard won freedom.

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