Load shedding could pose threat to 2019 elections

On Tuesday morning, police management briefed Members of Parliament on preparations ahead of the 8 May polls.

An IEC elections 2019 campaign logo seen at the commission’s head offices in Centurion, Tshwane. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Rolling blackouts could pose a threat to the country’s elections in May,

That’s according to national police management.

South African Police Service (SAPS) officials presented their election security plan to the police portfolio committee on Tuesday morning.

Deputy Police Commissioner Sehlahle Masemola told MPs they’ve been working on elections preparations for a while and are ready for any possible threat.

He’s named protests as among the threats, as well as mass blackouts.

Masemola said they’re ready for any possible threat.

“They have been planning for quite some time and we can confidently say we’re ready to police the coming elections along with other stakeholders.”

He says the police receive constant updates on the country’s security situation.

The SAPS will also train 100 officials per province in April as a contingency. The police service’s been given a budget of R180 million for its plan but this might not be sufficient and they could require more resources.