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Pretoria - The 2014 national elections will take place on 7
May, the presidency has announced.
President Jacob Zuma made the announcement on Friday.
"After consulting with the IEC, I would like to inform
the Souh African people locally and abroad, that the fifth national general
elections in the Republic of South Africa will be held on the 7th of May 2014,
throughout the country."
Earlier, the presidency issued a statement criticising DA
leader Helen Zille for leaking confidential information about the announcement
of the election date.
On Friday morning, Zille tweeted that the election date
would be announced on Friday.
Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the presidency
took "serious exception" to Zille leaking information that arose
during a confidential consultation between President Jacob Zuma, premiers and
the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday to discuss election
"Ms Zille, as premier, sits in meetings discussing
serious matters of state. She should thus respect confidentiality and not abuse
the privilege and trust accorded to her by virtue of her status," said
The president hosted the meeting of the IEC and premiers at
the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, on the sidelines of
the Cabinet lekgotla.
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