By ACDP President, Rev Kenneth Meshoe MP
The ACDP would like to commend former Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke on the exceptional work performed under very difficult circumstances and tight timelines in conducting the Inquiry and preparing the Report.
We agree with the various concerns he has expressed relating to the impact that restrictions on political gatherings, health risks, and other Covid-19 regulations, will have on the local government elections.
We accept his recommendation that the elections should be postponed to no later than the end of February 2022, noting that this is the month the ACDP had projected in our submission to the Inquiry as the most suitable time for the postponed elections to take place.
It is also important to note that Moseneke considered the dysfunctional state of many municipalities, and recommended that elections should be held soon, but not at all cost. He was concerned that many lives could be lost if the elections were to be held as scheduled in October 2021.
We appreciate that the Report is not binding on the Electoral Commission, but believe it will in all probability be accepted.
Should this be the case, and should the Electoral Commission succeed with the necessary court application to postpone the elections, the ACDP will then engage with the Commission and other political parties to ensure the elections in February 2022 will be free and fair.
Lastly, the elections should not be postponed beyond the February 2022 date.
For media enquiries please contact: ACDP President, Rev Kenneth Meshoe MP, Cell: 082-962-5884.