South Africans will vote for their preferred municipal councillors on 1 November. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced the election date for the 2021 Local Government Election on Wednesday.
She said the election date will be proclaimed on 20 September after the registration weekend scheduled for Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September.
Dlamini-Zuma's address to the media follows the Constitutional Court's judgment on Friday that dismissed the Independent Electoral Commission’s application to have the elections postponed to February next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said political parties will campaign within COVID-19 restrictions as the country is still under level three lockdown. As the coronavirus infection numbers go down, President Cyril Ramaphosa will make a determination, said Dlamini-Zuma.
She also confirmed that the president is still consulting a range of stakeholders with the view to possibly ease lockdown restrictions.