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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.

Ex­isted

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.

Pro­ceed­ings

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.

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