President Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to South Africans to give the Electoral Commission and the Moseneke Inquiry time to decide whether or not the situations are conducive without cost and honest elections this year.
He says no different date has been decided for holding the elections apart from October 27 which he introduced earlier this year.
Answering questions within the National Council of Provinces on Thursday, President Ramaphosa says at this stage, there isn’t any reason to believe that the date for native authorities elections would be shifted.
President Cyril Ramaphosa solutions questions within the NCOP:
The Electoral Commission has appointed an impartial panel led by former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke to decide whether or not, within the mild of the COVID-19 pandemic, elections would be free and honest.
In April this year, Ramaphosa introduced that the nation would go to the polls on 27 October. MPs wished to know why this announcement preceded a call by the IEC to appoint a panel to decide the potential impression of COVID-19 on the elections.
However, Ramaphosa says seeing that the date has not but been gazetted, there isn’t any reason to panic. Asked if he would transfer the date, he answered that – at this stage, it isn’t on the playing cards.
“As there is no determination of a postponement at this stage, no other date has been considered as election date other than 20 October 2021.”
He referred to as on politicians not to pre-empt the panel’s end result. “What I find most pleasing is that we have checks and balances in place. So, if we make a mistake, it can be checked to create balance. This process will check if the decision we took to have an election later this year was the correct one.”
Damage to state infrastructure
During the onerous lockdown, vital injury and vandalising of state infrastructure came about. Ramaphosa says up to 1 700 colleges have been affected and a number of other Metrorail stations. At this level, the federal government can’t put a determine on the injury.
“With respect to commuter rail, Metrorail has seen an alarming increase in vandalised infrastructure, their overhead cables, electrical subs, train stations, etc. took place in Gauteng Province, Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal.”
Ramaphosa says the burden of repairing the vandalised infrastructure is an excessive amount of for the nation’s purse. “Of course we face enormous fiscal challenges. that is why important to note that when people damage infrastructure – it’s easy to damage but to rebuild is much more expensive, in fact, impossibly expensive.”