President Jacob Zuma has deployed over 2000 South African National Defence Force soldiers to assist the SA Police Service in all the nine provinces during the municipal elections.
A statement issued by the president indicates the soldiers would be on duty until August 10.
“…Security will remain highly visibl; to ensure that no one is prevented from exercising their hard won democratic right of voting or participating in any political process leading to the elections,” Zuma said.
Pre-Municipal Elections Violence And Killings
Pre-election atmosphere in most provinces has been characterized by incessant protests and politically-linked killings.
A recent survey by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) on public violence has indicated that in most of the 100 political attacks in the country since 2013, the ANC is involved.
The institution also found that KwaZulu-Natal has been the crime scene of most of these politically-linked deaths; with 44 attacks and 48 deaths.
Trailing behind Kwa-Zulu Natal is Gauteng; the province has so far recorded 18 attacks; out of which 6 led to death.
Behind Gauteng are Eastern Cape; Limpopo; the Western Cape; Mpumalanga; North West and the Northern Cape.
Reports indicate that a total of 13 ANC candidates have died in the latest killings – four in Pietermaritzburg; two in Newcastle and the rest from other parts of the province.
In Vuwani, Limpopo, more than 20 schools were torched and vandalized in widespread violence which erupted in and around the community. This is after the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) decided to merge parts of it with Malamulele to form a new municipality.
Last week, six classrooms were burnt down at Setilo Secondary school Mareetsane Village near Mafikeng in the North West.
The destruction, allegedly perceived to be politically-linked started on Tuesday when a mob invaded the school and halted teaching and learning.
On Friday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) was traumatized after a delivery vehicle carrying ballot papers for next’s week municipal elections in Soweto, was flagged down by unknown men who subsequently made away with the boxes.