President Ramaphosa declared 29 May as the date for the elections

South Africans will go to the polls on 29 May 2024 to vote for their respective parties. 

Government spokesperson Vincent Magwenya made the announcement on Tuesday evening, he said, “President Cyril Ramaphosa has, in accordance with section 49(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, read with section 17 of the Electoral Act of 1998, determined 29 May 2024, as the date for the 2024 general national and provincial elections.”  

In a press statement Magwenya said: “The president has also, in line with section 17(2) of the Electoral Act 73 of 1998, consulted with the IEC on the election date. Furthermore, the president convened a meeting with all 9 provincial premiers and the IEC to discuss the state of readiness for the general elections.”

The announcement comes after months of waiting and asking the president to make the pronouncement for the election date. Political parties have welcomed the news for election dates and now they can start planning for their respective campaigns and speak with their constituencies.

DA leader John Steenhuisen said, “This election is a turning point for South Africa, and it comes at a time when our nation needs it the most in three decades. The DA is fully prepared for the challenge ahead, and we are all-systems-go for the 29 May date. The DA is ready to fight this election, so South Africa can win.”

EFF spokesperson Sinawo Tambo said: “We have long been ready internally for an outright victory in these elections. EFF supporters are ready to go and cast their votes. We encourage our people to go out and vote on 29 May 2024 for land and jobs now, and to stop load shedding.”

Ramaphosa said: “Beyond the fulfilment of our constitutional obligation, these upcoming elections are also a celebration of our democratic journey and a determination of the future that we all desire. I call on all South Africans to exercise their democratic right to vote and for those who will be campaigning to do so peacefully, within the full observance of the law. We also urge unregistered voters to use the online registration platform to register.”

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