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Intolerance among politicians undermines crime fighting – top police officer

Police should focus on stopping crime rather than diverting resources to curbing violent political rivalries, says KwaZulu-Natal SAPS provincial commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

His comments came as the KwaZulu-Natal security cluster announced it would deploy at least 17,000 police officers across the province to monitor high-risk polling stations during the May 29 elections.

TimesLIVE quotes Mkhwanazi as saying at an IEC event this week: “Political leaders, yes, thanks to you we have high-risk areas. The risky polling stations are the result of people who do not want to tolerate each other, people who violate each other’s rights as laid down in the Constitution.

“That forces us to increase the number of police officers we deploy at that polling station to prevent crime.”

He added: “Please give us space, we have many criminals who rape, steal and rob people. We need to focus on those and not police those who have the right to vote because that right is for everyone.”