SAPS deploys more police officers in the KZN to maintain stability



SAPS national commissioner general Fannie Masemola has deployed additional police officers to KwaZulu-Natal to maintain stability following the 2024 National and Provincial Elections (NPE) elections. This is the third deployment of police officers to the province, covering the pre, during, and post-elections phase, in support of the NATjoints safety and security 2024 NPE plan. A leaked internal memo warned KwaZulu-Natal police to be on standby due to fears of MK Party supporters launching protests.

National police spokesperson Brig Athlenda Mathe said KwaZulu-Natal has been relatively stable thus far due to the well-planned, coordinated, and executed PROVjoints operational plan. The first group of over 200 members was deployed early in May, while the second contingency of over 300 was deployed during the elections period. 

The latest deployment of over 300 Public Order Policing members is meant to bolster policing operations in the post-election phase.

Masemola said the continuous deployments in some areas form part of the SAPS operational strategy to maintain stability throughout the country. He praised voters and communities for conducting themselves in an orderly and responsible manner and hoped that the 2024 NPE elections would be successful. The officers will also be deployed to the Tongaat area to ensure the safety and security of those affected by the tornado disaster.

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