Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has released his recommendations on holding a free and fair local government election following an inquiry into the matter. He is advising that the upcoming LGE 2021 be pushed forward by four months to February 2022.

The date for the election was initially pronounced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier in the year, declaring October 27, 2021 as the date for people to go to the polls but the COVID-19 pandemic posed a threat to the fairness of holding an election in such a time.

Though Moseneke has given his recommendation, the onus remains with the electoral commission (IEC) on whether to follow the inquiry’s recommendations or to go forward with the initial date pronounced by President Ramaphosa.

Below is an infographic detailing the reasons behind the proposed postponement by the Moseneke Inquiry: