Cops keep close eye on violence hot spots amid vote counting

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says authorities are watching the elections closely.

A police nyala patrols streets in Vuwani days before the 3 August elections. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) continues counting votes, tens of thousands of police officers won't be standing down just yet.

They'll remain on election duty, especially in violence hot spots until next week.

The Acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, visited the national results operating centre in Tshwane last night.

Lieutenant General Phahlane says whatever the outcome of the elections, citizens must abide by the law.

"If you are celebrating you must do so responsibly. If you express emotions or sadness you must do so responsibly."

He says the authorities are watching the situation closely.

The IEC expects the results to be finalised by the end of the day.