President Zuma declares election date a public holiday

By Drum Digital
07 July 2016

President Jacob Zuma has declared the 3rd of August a public holiday for South Africans to cast their vote at the local government election.

By Ayanda Sitole

President Jacob Zuma has declared the 3rd of August a public holiday for South Africans to cast their vote at the local government election.

This is according to the Department of Coorporate Governance and Traditional affairs.

Zuma says voting is a fundamental right enshrined in the South African Constitution and citizens must be granted the opportunity to vote freely.

“This will enable all South Africans who are eligible to vote to exercise their right on the day. This is particularly so when they elect this sphere of government that is closest to them,” he says.

“All eligible voters are encouraged to go out to vote on 3 August 2016.This year marks 16 years of democratic local government in South Africa.”

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