Zuma to deploy troops for elections

President Jacob Zuma has authorised the deployment of some 2000 troops to assist the police during the May 7 elections and the presidential inauguration, his office said on Wednesday (30/04/2014).

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said 1850 members of the SA National Defence Force would be on duty around the country on election day to help maintain law and order.

A further 247 would be deployed in Gauteng on May 24 to step up security in the province for the inauguration at the Union Buildings. – Sapa

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