Zuma declares Election Day holiday

2011-03-16 15:30

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has declared May 18, the day of the local government elections, a public holiday.

"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 presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The declaration will enable voters to participate in the local government elections on the day.

"The president wishes all political parties well as they prepare for the elections."

  • unblind - 2011-03-16 15:33

    Thank you my president

      Melly30 - 2011-03-16 15:42

      Sshhhhhhhh... He wont be for long!:):):):)

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-16 15:45

      Atleast another term in office for my president

      Melly30 - 2011-03-16 15:47

      Unblind - I think you are blinded by all the lies!! Come I will get you some GLASSES... Then maybe you will see what ZUMA and his Comrades are doing you FOOL!

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-03-16 15:55

      Wow are these insults necessary? I don't support the ANC at all, but it's your constitutional right to vote for who you want to. Sure, you can disagree with someone's vote and try to correct him/her, but especially the DA supporters on News24 are getting downright insulting and plain arrogant nowadays. Act with more dignity than the likes of Kolobe and Tshepo and whoever else. Personally I think they are only trolling while the DA supporters are the serious ones.

      unblind - 2011-03-16 16:01

      all this hate just feuls me to mobilise even more people in my community to vote anc. i just cannot stand by and watch our country be taken over by people who openly and blatantly display such contempt against the majority of people in this country.

      Barry M - 2011-03-16 16:09

      One man -one erection!

      pensioner - 2011-03-16 16:10

      @ unblind--I think that you should change your name to BLIND because that is what you are for not seeing through the ANC ploy. Yipee, another holiday for your supporters to ensure that they vote for the corrupt ANC.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-16 16:12

      I'm looking for a party to vote for, but the attitude & language being used by some DA supporters is frightening me away from voting for Zille. I wonder how many of us are faced with this dilemma. And I wonder if they even realize the hatred they display is pushing some of us away. I wonder how they plan on swaying the votes if they are displaying such animosity towards the very same people with the numbers to strengthen the DA. Why is it assumed that just because you are a Darkie then you are an ANC voter?

      DeonL - 2011-03-16 16:37

      The blind leading the blind?

      Bratt - 2011-03-16 16:37

      co za asy

      Shistirrer - 2011-03-16 16:49

      @Zamaswazi: Sure, there are some asshole racists on all sides of the colour spectrum. The rest of us are just free thinkers who hate corruption, nepotism/cronyism, bad government, non-delivery and self enrichment at the expense of the taxpayer. Personally I don't give a damn who governs, as long as it is GOOD government. So my friend, you are welcome to join the DA. It's the only party in SA that has a proven track record with excellent government (Western Cape) and is truly non racial.

      Clive - 2011-03-16 16:59

      Clearly you are totally blind. Each year this country slips further down the global competitiveness rankings and, instead of asking people to work harder, our spineless president - no doubt under pressure from the working elite represented by Cosatu - creates another day off work. It also adds to already high labour costs by making it necessary for employers to pay double rates to those who have to work. And how many people will take the Mon/Tue or Thur/Fri off, furthed reducing production? And we wonder why foreign, job-creating investment is not forthcoming. Yet again our so-called leader shows how clueless he is.

      Macho Mike - 2011-03-16 17:07

      In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. In the land of the idiots, Darwin is i mean Zuma.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-16 17:07

      @Clive - elections have always been on a public holiday. I doubt it's pressure from anyone that is driving the President to declare this as such. Even back in 1994 De Klerk did the same. It has nothing to do with Zuma being spineless. And besides, elections don't happen every year. So maybe we need to look elsewhere for the reasons why this country is in the state it's in. But I can tell you that it has nothing to do with election day being made a public holiday. I'd rather be blind then that see too much in such a once off event.

      onetickie - 2011-03-16 17:13

      "Thank you my president????" Jeez you are truly pathetic, unless you are retarded and can't help it. Obviously you another lazy ANC supporter expecting to be paid for work you don't get round to doing.

      Clive - 2011-03-16 18:32

      @Zamaswazi - you actually have it the wrong way round: elections were never on a proclaimed public holiday, the holiday was announced after the election date was gazetted. One can understand the very first democratic election being declare a holday as it was such a special day. It would actually make sense to have elections on public holidays or over weekends, failing which on a Monday or Friday to minimise disruption to the working week, but I'm sure Cosatu would never accede to that. The best thing that could happen to this country is for so-called alliance to break up. The ANC would undoubtedly remain the strongest party, but it would be freed of the unconstructive (to be polite) influence of Cosatu and the SACP.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-16 18:55

      @Clive - Pardon my poor English language skills. What I'm driving at is that election day has ALWAYS been declared a public holiday, even De Klerk did so, so this has nothing to do with Zuma's lack of spine. As to whether these particular elections not being so special, hhayi angazi. Some of us would still like to see them as special, seeing that it's a crucial fight to get leaders into critical positions of power. We can never take it lightly.

  • Helen - 2011-03-16 15:33

    Whoop Whoop.... Holi... day.... ;-)

      ArtGee - 2011-03-16 16:44

      Why it is not on a Friday or a Monday is beyond me! You now work for two days.... vote, get Vrot, then back to work for two more UNPRODUCTIVE DAYS! Then again, no one in Govt works ANYWAY....

      Cherise - 2011-03-17 09:47

      @ArtGee, I don't know if you own a calendar, but the 18th happens to be on a Friday, actually it is tomorrow to be more accurate.. And then the 21st (which is this coming Monday) is Human Right's Day AKA Public Holiday.. SO in actual fact you do indeed have a long weekend..

      Cherise - 2011-03-17 09:51

      LOL sorry ArtGee I am suffering from flu.. I totally misread that one.. Oh my gosh, I feel like a chop now.. *blushing face*

  • gizzy - 2011-03-16 15:33

    Only in this country do they need a public holiday on election day. Then again I suppose it gives them enough time on the day to go around and intimidate people to get out and vote. I have it on good authority that this is the norm on election day in the townships!

      Al-Jackal - 2011-03-16 15:36

      if they were to hold the elections on a Sunday like most other countries no one would pitch, they'd all be drunk or to hungover.

      Prestimion - 2011-03-16 15:42

      Election Days are also public holidays in the Philippines to ensure large voter turnouts.

      ntombzam - 2011-03-16 15:44

      Where are you from Zim?

      Enuff - 2011-03-16 16:06

      Does it not have something to do with giving sufficient time for people in rural areas to travel to voting stations?

      Thas-Man - 2011-03-16 16:13

      @gizzy, Do you stay in the townships? @Al-Jackal, who are you referring to when you say they'd all be hungover?

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-16 16:38

      @gizzy - I live in the township & have voted since 1994. I am yet to experience intimidation or any sort of drama when I go to vote. I'm not so sure about your buddy that tells you that is the norm in township. Unless of course he's the one going around intimidating people. And if it's not declared a public holiday, do we go to the voting statins during our lunch breaks? That would make a lot of sense. Mmmm, lets see, if I leave the office at 13h00, travel 40km to my voting station in the township, stand in the queue for an average 2 hours, would I make it back to the office on time. No, I'd be fired! Or would you rather some of us don't vote and be at work instead? Maybe it's a good thing you are not in charge of making that decision.

      isabeljones101 - 2011-03-16 17:17

      Totally agree gizzy staff reckon they are threatened with loss of child-support grants, eviction from their RDP homes and physical harm (sjambok) if the ANC do not win the election by a landslide. Who can blame them for making a point of voting for the ANC ... with this kind of intimidation it's essentially an ANC/ZANU-PF victory in the offing ... bloody ridiculous!

      johan - 2011-03-16 18:04

      @The-ass-man, the voters, who the hell do you think he is talking about?

  • rammstein.f4n - 2011-03-16 15:35

    Hoooray :D

  • shakie - 2011-03-16 15:36

    Very good news inneed, we shall go and show them who we want to be in charge - ANC will once again enjoy the majority vote and sooner, we shall be where we intend to be, watch the space.I know negative comments shall follow, but few people read them and majority shall indicate the will of people.

      Badger - 2011-03-16 15:42

      It is not about who should be in "charge" but rather who will ensure that service delivery takes place etc. I do not care what party is in charge as long as they produce. I can unfortunatly not agree with your choice since the score board counts. Look at the recent survey where the western cape came out tops.

      gizzy - 2011-03-16 15:48

      Shakie, go talk kak somewhere else you droll (troll).

      Badger - 2011-03-16 15:52

      Why do you insist on "STEALING" my name, too doff to think of one yourself ???

      mm - 2011-03-16 15:54

      Shakie, it is fine with me if the ANC stay in charge, but I hope that the DA at least win a few more minucipalities, to be a bigger competition for the ANC, because competition will force them to either deliver or lose. Perhaps that way we can get the ANC to shape up and become again what they intended to be when Madiba was their leader. Competition is always good.

      BigD - 2011-03-16 16:03

      it can only be the majority in numbers and not IQ count. One has to be brain dead or in the employ of the state to want the anc to be voted in again.

      MadMatt_88 - 2011-03-16 16:08

      'I know negative comments shall follow, but few people read them'... Yeah, the majority of the people the negative comments are aimed at CAN'T read, mystery solved.

      meesterbrein - 2011-03-16 19:32

      and after the elections,the townships start burning again,because the poor uninformed gullible fools who live there will realise they've been used by the ANC,again!Democracy is wasted on people who can not make informed choices.

  • swm1 - 2011-03-16 15:36

    Why not make it closer to the weekend? How many people are going to take "sickies" on either side of the public holiday? Just wondering....

  • Carol - 2011-03-16 15:40

    Why do we need to have a Public Holiday to vote?????? It is more inconvenient. We have so many Public Holidays already - why do we need another one?????

      Tseleng - 2011-03-16 15:44

      Tell your boss you'll come to work, problem solved.

      Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-16 15:59

      You are free to go to office and do some work Carol. Leave us alone please. I am already looking forward to a nice day with Tony the Barman.

      Kobus - 2011-03-16 16:03

      its to win over votes for anc... in 13 years time we will have 2 quarters of the year as a public holiday if this goes on.

      Way-eye-i - 2011-03-16 16:26

      the reason for the holiday is for people to be able to vote... didn't you know or hear that?????

  • Deon - 2011-03-16 15:41

    Why the hell not hold elections on a Saturday or Sunday ??? Now another damn day lost to our economy. Far too many public holidays as it is !!!

  • brutonmeister - 2011-03-16 15:42

    typical fcking lazy bastard.. i am sure all the anc members are happy , they really do not like to work .. seriously why ?? is there something wrong with a weekend vote? oooh right they all party to much , drink expensive champaigne and eat sushi off young girls on a weekend..

      unblind - 2011-03-16 16:04

      lighten up. live a little why don't you? here have some sushi...

      Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-16 16:08

      And the whites? Oh.."they" don't party.

  • Skepties - 2011-03-16 15:42

    I cannot believe this!!! April is full of holidays, and now another day added. This is terrible for business.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-16 15:46

      Yes, April is fool of holidays...but actually it's May 18th

      Skepties - 2011-03-16 16:04

      @Currie_Mafia - I know that, I can read! All I am saying is that April is already filled with holidays - we do not need more public holidays in whatever month! One public holiday midweek breaks the productive pattern of people.

      Kobus - 2011-03-16 16:05

      terrible for business but not for us workers ! double pay woohoo :P

  • Krush - 2011-03-16 15:46

    What an idiot. How is one supposed to be productive if there are all these holidays continuously. SA - what a joke.

      Way-eye-i - 2011-03-16 16:18

      so why aren't you laughing??? ;?

  • Noleen - 2011-03-16 15:48

    I don't think its necessary to make it a holiday. Another work day gone and so much catching up to do. I guess we can go to work if we want to in order to catch up from all the holidays in April.

      Way-eye-i - 2011-03-16 16:21

      like your opinion was important,SO U DNT THNK,,,he ddnt ask u to think! man alive!!!! your opinion dasn't matter

  • Alwyn - 2011-03-16 15:48

    Makes no difference to goverment officials,everyday is a holiday in any case

  • Helen - 2011-03-16 15:50

    Aaaah no... another holiday? Now I cant get up early, sit in the traffic for nearly an hour.... BIG SIGH....

  • ocon777 - 2011-03-16 15:53


  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-16 15:53

    Lazy bastards!

  • unbeatabulls - 2011-03-16 15:53

    nice 4 me that is, another drinking day..heeha, dont care if SA burns down which it will, will enjoy my off day, enjoy ur voting idiots...

  • Cynical Sci - 2011-03-16 15:53

    I wonder how many votes would have been lost if he said there wouldn't be a public holiday and that we must all knuckle down and do some work.

      Way-eye-i - 2011-03-16 16:22

      great.....keep wondering and don't tell us when stoped wondering

  • PilgrimX - 2011-03-16 15:57

    After the vote, a lekker braai and we are not goint to mention ANC, Zuma, malema, etc., in any of our conversations. Why spoil the day...

  • Gorilla - 2011-03-16 15:57

    Could they not just have the elections on a previously declared public holiday instead of making yet another one? April is already a burden on small (and big) business with a;ll the paid holidays.

  • Bandit - 2011-03-16 15:58

    another excuse for the South African worker to gravitate toward laziness - too many holidays in this country

      alessandroz067 - 2011-03-16 16:02

      oh shut up

      Way-eye-i - 2011-03-16 16:15

      and i guess you are from AMERICA,LOL get of your high-sick-horse

  • BigD - 2011-03-16 16:01

    Shows what zuma knows about business. He could have had the voting on the 14th of May 2011. The economy can ill afford anoth public holiday.

  • alessandroz067 - 2011-03-16 16:02

    shot my bru...

  • Way-eye-i - 2011-03-16 16:03

    well at least some of needed the holyday,not that im gonna use it 4 voting,so dankie boss!!

  • Way-eye-i - 2011-03-16 16:10

    currie mafiA,,,JACOB ZUMA DOESN'T NEED YOU TO CALL HIM PRESIDENT..4 all we know we'd die of your bad breath when you talk,lyk u were important, NEWS FLASH;HE HAVE THE WHOLE WORLD TO COL HIM THAT.. SO PLS SHUT UP

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-16 16:10

    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL - I hope Jacob hasn't c*cked up bigtime with this. What if certain revolutionary agents get hammered early morning and don't pitch to vote?

      Beveley-Ann - 2011-05-13 13:36

      OLDIE(STILL A CHILD DURING THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT) Please let everyone pitch up to vote, even if its for "Piet Pmpies" because if you are registered and dont vote, then the bladdy ANC just take that empty form and put a cross next to ANS, this country is a joke!!!!

  • kaise - 2011-03-16 16:10

    only if there was a holiday to deliver public servises life could be easier for the poor.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-16 16:23

    Otherwise you would not get the vote. Not even from you ululating hero worshippers. Whats it like being King of the Clowns?

  • sceptic - 2011-03-16 16:26


  • Denise - 2011-03-16 16:31

    This must bwe the only country in the world that declares public holidays at the wink of an eye, we might even have public holidays for ALL the birthdays of the "Preesidents" wives!!!! Shame poor poor South Africa what a mess we are in

  • Margaret2 - 2011-03-16 16:34

    Given the fact that it is a Wednesday, and many voting stations are in schools, it was inevitable that a public holiday would be declared.

  • Dave - 2011-03-16 16:42

    @ Zamaswazi - you can't generalise my friend, i think some just get frustrated at what our government is doing, and you still get people voting for the ANC. I'm a DA supporter and i would welcome you with open arms, and anyone else for that matter. So it's nothing personal the insults it's just pure fustration my friend.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-16 18:03

      @Dave - I do know that not ALL DA supporters are racists. But the sentiment from most of them is proof enough that my skin colour is still a big deal to certain members & automatically renders me a monkey, thief, lazy, stupid, randomly fornicating imbecile. This despite the fact that I am a hardworking, ethical, highly intelligent & responsible individual. Just as some ANC supporters & officials are keeping me away from voting for the ANC, so do the attitudes of some of Zille's supporters. The racists within the DA are enough to scare me into remembering where we come from. I can't take that risk. We are all frustrated, but is it necessary to call people names & use colourful language? Where is the emotional intelligence? Why would I want to associate myself with such people? So until the language / attitude changes, I'll stay clear of the box next to Zille's face on the ballot paper.I just hope Zille realizes who is costing her my (& lots of darkies I know) vote. Maybe next time, Dave.

      DarkAngel - 2011-03-17 12:51

      I agree with you Dave. It's not about their skin colour. I have black friends who are just amazing and I also know white people who are real assholes! We all get frustrated with the government.

  • Tonia-Jade - 2011-03-16 16:52

    my point of view on this whole situation, and i am not a voter, is that firstly, the reason there is now another public holiday is to support more lazy ppl staying home. you can vote on a saturday, just think logically! as for unblind, "all this hate just feuls me to mobilise even more people in my community to vote anc. i just cannot stand by and watch our country be taken over by people who openly and blatantly display such contempt against the majority of people in this country." the above comment in itself if angry and hateful. its not about one community, its about unity. and the soone everyone realizes that the better. as for your comment about the majority of ppl, we all are a part of this country, and in no racist way do i mean this but there is a majority due to lack of protection. i speak person to person here and in my personal opinion i think everyone in is full of crap on this page! enjoy ur holiday!

  • - 2011-03-16 17:00

    A couple of Billion rands wiped out of our economy with one stupid sentence.

  • Xysecret - 2011-03-16 17:06

    Why dont u just have elections on April Fools day ?

  • onetickie - 2011-03-16 17:11

    Here we go again, just another excuse not to work. Time they took some tips from the Chinese, Indians and Japanese. JZ you're just another lousy leader who's fat, greedy and lazy. Bet he'll be out there checking out the voters for another wife!

  • jollyroger - 2011-03-16 17:40

    Another day wasted. More productivity down the drain. Oh well - 'tis the african way!

  • LiamD - 2011-03-16 20:13

    With coloureds making up 54% of the western cape and the stunt they tried to pull the employment bill, there is no chance the ANC will take the western cape. They will keep the DA in power just as in previous years.

  • sliebgott1 - 2011-03-16 21:48

    will the airport still work

  • isabeljones101 - 2011-03-16 21:52

    @Zamaswazi - your previous response to Dave and the argument you presented regarding election candidates made a lot of sense. (I must, in passing, commend you on your excellent command of the written language which is, I presume, not your mother tongue.) Having said that, I regard individuals such as yourself as intellectual equals - like-minded, educated, and capable of making a meaningful contribution to the good of all SA's citizens. I would sooner have a cuppa coffee and a chat with someone like yourself than the riff-raff who are blatantly rude and disrespectful to fellow citizens. You see it's not about a colour issue, or a cultural issue's a class issue. You have standards and principles which I can relate to. The reason I am keen for the winds of change to blow and have the opposition party strengthen is because I do not trust the incumbent party to deliver on their promises. As in business, a company will pull out all the stops to retain customers if it knows that it's base is under threat from a competitor. If the ANC knows that it will lose control in key areas it may just start delivering on it's promises. That way we all benefit. They need a wake-up call from people like you and I who want a better life for everyone. We are only as strong as our weakest point. See ... it can be done ... no mention of colour, creed, gender, etc. Hope you get to read this. I look forward to your response to my post.

      Mabhulwana - 2011-03-16 22:20

      I also have had the pleasure of reading and enjoying Zamaswazi's arguments on this topic. And am happy that we still have sane and reasonable people like her around. Surely there is hope for this country. Keep talking, pease!

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-17 06:29

      @Isabeljones, @Mabhulwana - Thank you for the compliments. I am available to chat & share ideas on FaceBook (Zamaswazi Hlophe). Hope to hear from you soon. :-)

  • Cherise - 2011-03-17 09:55

    Ag it is in the middle of nowhere and somewhere.. What is the point really? Think i will be going to work anyway, as i cant work this year, thanks to the amazing crime fighting tactics of "unblind's president" i was the victim of crime and therefore own no green bar coded ID to vote with.. Nice one Zuma, thank you for inconveniencing my life even more!

  • Cherise - 2011-03-17 09:59

    Think i will be going to work anyway, as i cant vote this year, thanks to the amazing crime fighting tactics of "unblind's president" i was the victim of crime and therefore own no green bar coded ID to vote with..

  • Khwezi - 2011-03-17 13:18

    anc are useless, so many years have passed and nothing is better, corruption is as high as ever. a big thank you to Julius Malema also for being corrupt. Ever wonder where the army is? go go let the anc take over SA and destroy the country completely, Zimbabwe here we come! whoop whoop. With so much failure, why dont you try vote for another party? ATLEAST TO SEE IF SOMETHING WILL CHANGE THIS TIME? but no, anc will win again cuz 80% of its supporters are illiterate and are blind thanx to our media and empty promises. ggwp

      Kobus - 2011-03-17 19:44

      if the NP were still in charge WITHOUT APARTHEID, this country would be so much better than any other surrounding country. Im sure JBM Hertzog is turning in his grave now and leaning towards a tissue. Media should stop lying as its pointless! more and more people are becoming educated and an uprising just like in the middle eastern areas will happen , its inevitable unless the anc resign because they are ignoring the warning sirens

  • Hunter Seeker - 2011-03-18 08:35

    To all the people saying why are we not voting on a Saturday or Sunday... I was always under the distinct impression that the IEC (INDEPENDENT Electoral Commission) decide the voting day. So no point in shouting at President Zuma for it being a Wednesday. As for declaring it a public holiday, I am sure there are companies that would give their employee's time off to vote during the day. But for every 1 such company, there are 2(mostly small businesses) that wouldn't allow it. Also, since so many voting station are in schools, they would have to close the schools for that day anyway... So now you just created another problem... Thousands of kids at home that now become the parents problem for the day. Suddenly, the parents have to go to work as usual, make a plan to look after their children, AND make a plan to vote. For me, it is clear that declaring it a public holiday is just a sound logistical decision, and nothing is stopping anyone from working that day if they want.

  • amabok - 2011-03-18 18:38

    nevermind the economy - more govt handouts in the quest to gloss over an absence of governance and service delivery.

  • amabok - 2011-03-18 18:39

    No need for a public holiday, half the population are unemployed and sitting at home anyway.

  • Beveley-Ann - 2011-05-13 13:48

    All I want to say is it doesn't matter who you vote for, the country is in a crap heap, just vote though, because if you are registered and you dont vote, then the ANC take all those empty forms and put a cross in the ANC space, and so they carry on stealing.

  • Beveley-Ann - 2011-05-13 14:35

    Zamaswazi, dont you think you are being racist when you call others racist or pass nasty comments about them, you might be all you say you are, but really get a life and stop sticking your head in the sand and look around you, I might be old now, I was a child in the previous government, but things have not gotten better, on the contrarey, all people suffer in this country, what you see around you is what has taken this government only 17 years to destroy, I am not saying the previous government was not currupt, but the ordinary man on the street did not suffer for their mistakes, we had the best schools, clinics, hospitals etc, even the older black people will admit to that, at least when they went home to the so called 'locations' because of the 'dompass' law, they where safe and able to walk around and visit each other, but no longer is that the case, because of all the violence that takes place, and that my friend was told to me by an old black gentleman that I see at the state hospital to get my cronic medication because I like thousands of others cannot afford a medical aid, so we are state patients. So whatever the problems where, we didn't have potholes and trash thrown all over the place when people where not satisfied with anything, they strike for more money, but what about the ones that dont even have a job! so dont be so quick to judge and try and be a smartass and pretend you are so inteligent and perfect, you probably went to a private school!

  • Gillian - 2011-05-17 11:31

    Can anyone tell us, are we compelled to pay foreign (refugee status) employees for this public holiday??

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