We've got news for you.

Register on Sunday Times at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

EDITORIAL | For SA’s sake, IEC must heed Moseneke and delay ...


EDITORIAL | For SA’s sake, IEC must heed Moseneke and delay local polls

Local government in dire need of an overhaul but elections, as seen in US, have potential to increase Covid deaths


The numbers behind a free and fair election in a nation where more than 40 million people are eligible to vote have always been staggering. In the midst of a pandemic fuelled mainly by indoor gatherings, they become terrifying.

If local government elections were to be held as planned on October 27, they would require, first of all, a massive push to register nearly 15 million of those people as voters. As things stand, that would involve opening more than 23,000 voting stations at the end of this month, in the midst of Covid-19’s third wave.

Then there would be the campaigns and, even if regulations limited political gatherings, you can be sure they would be defied, creating the potential for superspreader events all over the country...

This article is free to read if you register or sign in.

Sunday Times Daily

If you have already registered or subscribed, please sign in to continue.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Next Article

Previous Article