replied to us once and we were still waiting for the Constitutional Court,” Nxumalo said.
“The issue of elections hasn’t been resolved, they haven’t replied us. I don’t know whether the country’s Constitution no longer exists,” Nxumalo wondered.
He went on to mention that they were still expecting to hear from the court and further questioned why the Constitution existed if it is not being respected.
He said participating in the forth coming local government elections next month will solely depend on individuals.
“Some will decide to participate while
others may decide to boycott the elections,” he stated.
The chairperson also clarified that voters were not for the idea of not having elections but were mobilising for amendment of the legislation governing the local government elections.
When reached for comment, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Phiwayinkhosi Mabuza said there was nothing coming from the court stopping the elections from being conducted.
“We are going on with the elections,” Mabuza boldly said.
Minister Mabuza confirmed that the issue of the elections was still in court where SNARP appealed that the elections should be conducted by Elections Boundary Commission (EBC).
“The lawyers are still to deliberate
on the issue but we as the ministry are going on with the elections,” Mabuza revealed.
When asked why his ministry did not wait for the court proceedings to be done with before announcing the elections date, Minister Mabuza said, “The court may not even give a judgment any time soon so if we were to wait for the court ruling it will mean people can even obstruct the national elections,” he shared his sentiments.
“The elections cannot be at abeyance just because someone had filed a case at the court,” he noted.
Mabuza felt idea that, there was nothing wrong with SNARP learning over the media about the date of the local government elections despite the pending court case.