KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuko has appealed to residents wishing to participate in the Traditional Council elections, which are set to take place on Saturday 29 February, to make use of this last chance to register at their nearest IEC office before 16:00 on Friday 24 January.
Hlomuka’s call comes after the bumper registration weekend, which saw 2854 voting stations opened on Sunday across rural communities in the province, where residents were able to register. “Many residents used this opportunity to register and to check their details on the voters roll,” said Hlomuka.
This year’s Traditional Council elections are an opportunity for traditional communities to elect 40% of the members who will sit in their respective Traditional Councils. “Our province has 303 traditional communities which have Traditional Councils headed by AmaKhosi. These councils have an important role to play in the fostering social cohesion and working together with Amakhosi to ensure that services are rendered to communities. These elections provide an opportunity for the reconstitution of these councils as they have a term of five years,” said Hlomuka.
The department has also created a toll-free line 0800 023 333, which residents can use during office hours in case they have any questions.