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South African Electoral Public Holiday Likely On November 1st

Source: South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)
Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: October 12, 2021

The South African Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has announced that the upcoming local government elections would be held on Monday, November 1, 2021, but that South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, would still have to consult with the Cabinet before declaring the day a national holiday.

Recall that, five years ago, the South African Government declared the date of the 2016 South African Local Government Elections, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, as a one-off public holiday (2016-06-24 and 2016-06-18).

Ten years ago (2011-03-16, 2011-03-03 and 2011-02-07), the then South African President, Jacob Zuma, had declared Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the day of that year's local government elections, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout South Africa ("In terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act, 1994, President Jacob Zuma has declared 18 May 2011 as a public holiday throughout the republic").

The date of November 1, 2021, falls on a Monday, though the traditional weekday for local government elections in South Africa was Wednesday, "to avoid people taking advantage of a long weekend to go on holiday, rather than vote".

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