- The sixth democratic local government elections date has been announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa
- Ramaphosa stated that the local government elections will take place on Wednesday, 27 October 2021
- Some political parties are unhappy about this decision as they had no time for campaigning due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions
South Africa's sixth local government elections will be held on Wednesday, 27 October 2021, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa made the announcement on the evening of Wednesday, 21 April.
The local government elections will involve millions of South African citizens who will elect officials to run their cities and towns. According to a statement published by the SA government, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will follow all necessary legal process to set the date and undertake any other requirements needed.
The statement further noted that Ramaphosa urged all eligible and first-time voters to ensure their registration is complete so they are allowed to participate in the elections.
The news of the local government elections continuing in the time of Covid-19 may come as a shock to many, who did not expect it.
a number of political parties had been rallying for the elections to be postponed as campaigning was unable to continue due to lockdown restrictions, according to a report by SABC News.
According to IOL, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have called for the local elections to be postponed until the country has defeated the Covid-19 pandemic.
In other political news, Briefly News recently reported that almost 80% of our readers believe that politicians need qualifications for their positions. The news comes after the Democratic Alliance's Bonginkosi Madikizela was suspended for allegedly lying on his CV about a degree he does not actually hold.
The DA's Natasha Mazzone followed behind after she defended having a matric certificate and no further qualifications. Mazzone went as far as telling former EFF Secretary-General Godrich Gardee that his LLB qualification got him 'nothing'.
The poll Briefly News shared on Twitter showed that 79.3% of our readers believe that a post-matric qualification is necessary for politicians.
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