South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced 27 October 2021 as the date for the local government elections.
This will be the sixth time in a democratic South Africa that voters will elect leadership and public representatives at metropolitan, district and local government level.
The Presidency said Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would follow the necessary legal steps to proclaim the date and undertake other requirements.
It has urged 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.
The Economic Freedom Fighters – among others – have called for the local government elections to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the government is still going ahead with the polls.
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