Dlamini-Zuma has gone ahead and gazetted the local government elections for 27 October 2021, as a means of fulfilling her constitutional and statutory obligations, as the IEC should call for a postponement.
The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced and gazetted the new set date for the 2021 local government elections. On Tuesday, 3 August 2021, CoGTA published the minister’s remarks from the media briefing held by her and the department.
Dlamini-Zuma noted that following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday, 21 April 2021, that local government elections would take place on Wednesday, 27 October 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) appointing retired Chief Justice Moseneke to consider whether South African could undertake free and fair elections during October. The minister stated that the inquiry’s report concluded that it would not be possible.
CoGTA explained that the minister is not empowered to postpone the elections herself, but that she is bound to fulfil her constitutional and statutory obligations to timeously proclaim the election date since there is no current court order that would excuse her from fulfilling her obligations. CoGTA further explained that the IEC is tasked with approaching the Constitutional Court for a postponement and that until then, Minister Dlamini-Zuma would go ahead and gazette the date to the proposed Wednesday, 27 October 2021.
See the post below.
— Dr Dlamini Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) August 3, 2021