THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for the 2021 Local Government Elections to be postponed to 2024.
This would be the first time elections are postponed in post-apartheid South Africa.
The party’s leader Julius Malema said voting will be risky, as elections can be regarded as ‘super-spreaders’ of COVID-19.
Malema said the EFF will try to get other political parties on board about merging local and national elections in three years’ time.
“We reiterate our call for the consolidation of the electoral system in South Africa, to one set of elections where Local and National Government Elections are conducted at once,” said Malema.
“It becomes more important during this pandemic, where we find ourselves unable to objectively conduct free and fair elections. As things stand, COVID-19 has made all of our lives unpredictable, a situation which undermines each and every political party’s ability to engage with voters, due to fear of participating in the massive spread of the virus.”
“We, therefore, call for all elections, by-elections and Local Government Elections to be postponed up until 2024, as elections can be regarded as a super spreader event.”
(SOURCE: INSIDE POLITICS)