Election: May 18 to be a holiday, Zuma decrees

2011-05-05 00:00

IF you thought the generous spate of recent public holidays was over, take heart.

There is another one coming up.

Election Day, May 18, was declared a public holiday by President Jacob Zuma after the election date was announced.

The presidency says that this will make it possible for all South Africans to cast their votes in the local government elections.

It’s all legal, with Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act (Act No. 36 of 1994) allowing the president to declare any day a public holiday by proclaiming it in the Government Gazette.

And while voters should be up early to cast their vote, at least the rest of the day can be spent relaxing.

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