- Former Johannesburg Herman Mashaba has commented on Constitutional Court ruling which declared the Electoral Act unconstitutional
- Mashaba has also questioned why the ANC wants to postpone the 2021 local government elections
- He is suggesting that the ANC should move the 2024 provincial and national elections to 2021
Former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba wants municipal, provincial and national elections to take place on the same day.
In a landmark ruling that is set to change the electoral landscape in the country, the Constitutional Court recently ruled that amendments to the Electoral Act were necessary to accommodate independent candidates.
The court ruled that the country's Electoral Act is unconstitutional on the grounds that it doesn’t allow citizens to be elected to the national and provincial legislatures as independent candidates.
The case was brought by the New Nation Movement, arguing that the act infringed on people's rights to exercise individual political choices.
Mashaba said many, including some people in the ANC, have celebrated this victory. Mashaba said even ANC loyalists cannot get excited about mayors who fail them day after day.
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule recently spoke about delaying the upcoming 2021 local government elections until 2024 to hold all three levels of elections on the same day, said News24.
Founder of the People's Dialogue, Mashaba argues that the ANC does not want to fight a local government election next year because of collapsing service delivery, the recent loss of metros and their disastrous handling of Covid-19 pandemic.
Delaying the 2021 local government elections to 2024 would amount to extending the term of current municipalities beyond the five-year maximum period prescribed in the Constitution, said Mashaba.
Mashaba has boldly suggested that the ANC should bring the national and provincial elections forward from 2024 to 2021 instead so they can 'face the music.'
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that social media has been abuzz over EFF leader Julius Malema making an alleged return to the ANC.
Thousands of citizens reacted to the claim that the Red Beret boss had chosen to forsake his party, which has enjoyed immense success in a short space of time, to return to his original political home.
Former spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, however, has slammed the trending news as fake. Malema is yet to address the situation over his alleged return to the ANC.
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