Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Wednesday announced that Local Government ELections will take place next month on 1 November.
“After consultation with the IEC, we have come to the determination that this year’s Local Government Elections will be held on the 1st of November 2021,” said Dlamini Zuma.
The minister said the date was in line with the constitution, read with the Municipal Structures Act.
The Act prescribes that elections must be held within 90 days after the conclusion of a five-year term of local government.
“We will officially proclaim this date on the 20th September 2021, after the voter registration weekend,” said Dlamini Zuma.
“We could have chosen the originally proclaimed day of the 27th of October 2021, but we have chosen the most outer date as the IEC indicated that it will need as much time as possible to prepare for the elections.
“These elections are important in advancing our young democracy. They mark the 21st anniversary since the establishment of a democratic local government system in our country.”
The minister said this sphere of government remains the hope of “our people as the sphere closest to them and is in the coal face of service delivery”.
Dlamini Zuma added: “Fellow South Africans, let me also caution as I stated in the beginning that we are going to hold the elections during a pandemic that continues to ravage the whole world.
“We therefore urge everyone to still exercise caution and observe protocols and regulations as we go to register, campaign and to vote.”