The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) Ministers held a media briefing which commenced this morning at 10h00 am to brief the nation on the National and Provincial Elections that took place last week Wednesday.
The media briefing regarding the security matters of the 6th general elections, is held at the Government Communication and Information System headquarters in Pretoria.
Although voters have displayed tolerance during last week’s elections, it has been reported that there were irregularities that have seen people voting more than once.
Police Minister Bheki Cele says the JPSC commends the swift arrest of suspects who are alleged to have committed electoral fraud. So far 20 suspects have been arrested.
Cele went on to say the security cluster would now focus on its attention on preparations for the inauguration of the sixth democratically elected President of the country. The inauguration is anticipated to take place on 25 May
Meanwhile, government has congratulated the IEC for a job well done in administering the elections. It also commended the IEC for the way in which it handled disputes and various issues that arose.
“We are satisfied that the IEC addressed these issues and that they are in no way detracted from the success and credibility of the elections.”
The GCIS said the elections have served to renew and strengthen South Africa’s democracy.
“We are inspired by the spirit of unity and comradeship which prevailed during the elections. Citizens who stood in line to vote did so not as members of political parties but as proud South Africans,” the GCIS said, following the release of the results.