Cape Town– The August 3 municipal elections cannot
be postponed, even in strife-torn areas like Vuwani, Electoral Commission of SA
(IEC) vice chairperson Terry Tselane said on Tuesday.
"We have got to proceed with the understanding that
elections are going to take place in Vuwani and other parts of the
country," Tselane told Parliament's portfolio committee on home affairs.
"I'm sure there is no appetite from anybody to
change the Constitution for this purpose. That's why the election has got to
At least 50 schools were either vandalised or burnt down
in Vuwani, Limpopo, during protests against a municipal demarcation decision.
On April 29, the Masia Traditional Council lost a court
application to set aside the Municipal Demarcation Board's decision to merge
the underperforming Vuwani municipality with parts of the Malamulele
municipality in the Vhembe district.
Tselane said the IEC did have some voter registration
details for the area, but there might not be enough votes to constitute the
Malamulele municipality, hence the importance of voting.
However, the elections for that region could not be postponed.
IEC working to
In Malamulele, registration had already taken place, so
it was not as though there was no voters' roll.
He said the IEC would not hold another weekend voter
registration drive because it could not afford the R22m it would cost.
South Africans not yet registered could do so at their
local IEC office. Once the August 3 date had been proclaimed, possibly even
within the next 10 days, the voters' roll would be closed.
Meanwhile, the IEC was working around the clock to capture
missing addresses on the voters' roll. It was doing so after the Constitutional
Court reserved judgment last on Monday in the IEC's urgent application for
leave to appeal an Electoral Court ruling that it provide the addresses of
people registered on the voters’ roll.
MPs were alarmed on Tuesday to hear that the commission
still did not have addresses for up to 46% of the more than 26 million (26 299
952) people registered.
"We potentially have about 54% of voters with some
addresses, which to us seems fine," chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya
He said the IEC said it would abide by whatever the
Constitutional Court decided.