JOHANNESBURG, South Africa's National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) has put in place measures to ensure security at the six-day 54th elective conference of the country's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), beginning at Nasrec in Johannesburg on Friday.

In a statement issued Thursday, the NATJOINTS said they had established a priority committee several months ago to focus specifically on this conference, which will see the ANC electing a new leadership and adopting various policies.

NATJOINTS Spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said this is the same team, which comprises various government departments, which was responsible for ensuring security at the ANC Policy Conference earlier this year successfully. The NATJOINTS security plan is designed to focus on venue security, route security, air security, hotel security, as well as crowd management capabilities, he added.

The NATJOINTS and the Gauteng Provincial Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure will be operational 24 hours per day, to closely monitor the situation before, during and after the conference, he said.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) will be supported operationally by various law enforcement agencies functioning within Gauteng Province. These include marshals who will secure the venue, the Johannesburg Metro Police, Tshwane Metro Police and Ekurhuleni Metro Police who will patrol the routes, while the South African national Defence Force (SANDF) will provide logistical, air support and rapid response to prepare for any eventuality.

This by no means implies that day-to-day policing will be neglected. We shall continue to execute our policing mandate with the same resolve in this period, said Naidoo, who added that while the NATJOINTS is confident about the co-operation of the delegates, as well as the public, it encouraged delegates to conduct themselves responsibly in this period.

Leaders are urged to refrain from making irresponsible, provocative statements or pronouncements, which may incite irresponsible or even violent behaviour.

Among the rules put in place is that only persons with approved accreditation will be allowed within the security perimeters of the conference. Any person found to be intoxicated and/or carrying any form of weapon/s, will not be allowed into the conference area.

The Dangerous Weapons Act of 2013 and the Regulation of Gatherings Act of 1993, provide for the right of citizens to gather peacefully, but to do so without bearing dangerous weapons, inflicting harm on others or damaging property or infrastructure.

The flying of drones in the vicinity of the conference area is strictly prohibited.