Faizel Patel – 21/04/2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the local government election will take place on the 27 October 2021.
This will be the sixth time under South Africa’s democratic dispensation that voters will elect leadership and public representatives at metropolitan, district and local level.
In a statement, the Presidency says Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will follow the necessary legal process to proclaim the date and undertake other requirements.
“The President urges eligible – and especially first-time voters – to ensure they are registered to participate in the elections which provide the basis for development and service delivery closest to where citizens live.”
Several opposition parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) have called on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to postpone the elections to 2024.
The parties believe the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lack of face-time with potential voters, would render the election unfair.