Monday, 11 October 2021 20:06

Cyril Ramaphosa declares 1 November public holiday.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared 1 November 2021 - the date for the municipal elections - as a public holiday.

"The president calls on all registered voters to use the opportunity of the public holiday to exercise their democratic right and civic duty by voting in this election that empowers citizens to elect new leadership and influence service delivery where they live," the Presidency said in a statement.

"Voters are reminded as well that they will only be able to cast their votes at the polling stations in wards where they are registered. In the event that voters may consider travel, they will not be able to transfer their votes to voting stations away from their designated wards."

Ramaphosa urged voters to abide by Covid-19 regulations.

"The president also urges employers to make provision for employees to exercise their constitutional right to vote on 1 November."

The fiercely contested polls have seen political parties spend days on end on the campaign trail.

The major political parties have launched their manifestos - vowing efficient service delivery where opposition has failed. 

But more tragically, the build-up to elections has also seen a spate of political killings in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.