Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will virtually address the media on Wednesday afternoon to give an update on the 2021 local government elections scheduled for not later than 1 November.

The briefing will follow the Constitutional Court’s decision and order regarding the timeframes on which the elections should be held.

Last week the court ordered the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to organise the elections between 27 October and 1 November.

The IEC had approached the court to seek the postponement of the elections to February 2022 in accordance to the recommendation of former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke’s report which said they could not be free and fair during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, political parties and independent candidates will be allowed another chance to submit nominations for their candidates to run for the local government elections.

The IEC made the announcement on Monday.

The Electoral Commission has determined this following the Constitutional Court’s decision that the local government elections should not be deferred, but should proceed on a date no late than the 1st of November 2021.

Video: The Independent Electoral Commission announces the LGE 2021 electoral programme: