President Jacob Zuma has announced that local government elections in the country will hold on the 3rd August 2016. The president made this crucial announcement on Wednesday via statement.
Zuma also encourage eligible voters to ensure their names are found in the voters registration sheets. He also implored fresh voters to register for the local elections during the voter registration weekend of 9 to 10 April 2016, as announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
“We urge all those who are eligible to register and those who have not checked their names to do so on Saturday and Sunday this weekend so that together we continue to re-affirm and deepen our democracy,” President Zuma said.
Meanwhile, as the local government elections draw near, most South Africans have continued to express eagerness in voting in or out their preferred candidates. Many see the forthcoming elections as a veritable medium to bring in someone that will listen to their plight and get their problems solved.
We also brought you a report about a commercial sex worker who had gotten herself ready ahead of the elections, explaining the importance of the election to her. She said she registered for the local government elections so she would have a job.
The 37-year-old sex worker from Dinaweng outside Bloemfontein, who begged not to be named said she had registered to vote, in order to change her over 7 years situation. She said, “I don’t like working as a prostitute. I am hoping that my vote will give me an opportunity to leave this life behind.”
“My children think that I am a domestic worker and that is fine. But my main concern now is to get a decent job. I registered so that my children can have a better future,” she hopefully said.
Last month, ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa made it clear to the people that refraining from voting is not the best way to get their problems solved.
“A vote is important. It’s the only way they can participate and improve whatever difficulties they face. Not voting is not going solve their problems. Come the next round of registration, we will focus on those communities where there were protests to make sure people come out because its only in the interests of those communities that people register to vote,” Kodwa said.
Also, last Sunday, Zuma called on blacks to attach a sense of willingness and enthusiasm getting registered. He bluntly said that blacks are too too lazy to cast their votes, whereas the whites, irrespective of their age, attach importance to elections. He thereafter urged them to secure and retain the present leadership through their vote.
Also, political parties have continued to campaign, dishing out various promises to South Africans. Today, the Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane was in Soweto for a political campaign. During the tour, he called on residents to vote for the right person.