“There will no free and fair elections in SA when one of its critical components, called campaigning, is suspended according to Covid-19 regulations.  

“We call on the IEC to cease activities regarding 2021 local government elections and give space to the Moseneke review committee to do its work. If the IEC is ready now it will still be ready when the justice concludes his report. Whatever the conclusion, as things stand, Covid-19 regulations for gatherings are a direct threat to the constitutional human rights provision to freedom of assembly,” he said.   

The IEC last month appointed former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke to lead a review process to determine whether it will be possible to hold free and fair elections. 

Malema said the party would express its stance on the elections to Moseneke.

He expressed confidence in Moseneke’s ability to deliver an objective report on the feasibility, commending the work he did on the Marikana massacre. 

The sentiments come a day after IEC chair Glen Mashinini said they were “technically ready” to host the elections. He was speaking at the launch of the 2021 municipal elections mobilisation campaign. 

Earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the elections would take place on October 27  after extensive consultations with the IEC, political parties and co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. 

Action SA, leader Herman Mashaba is among those who welcomed government’s decision. 

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