Election date to be gazetted

President Zuma announced yesterday that the general elections will take place on 7 May.

An election staffer checks an ID document of a voter. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has moved to clarify that although the date for this year's

general elections has been announced, it's not an official proclamation of the date.

President Jacob Zuma announced yesterday that the elections will take place on 7 May.

He made the announcement as the country prepares for the final voter registration drive this weekend.

But the announcement hasn't been made official through the Government Gazette, meaning registration can go ahead.

The IEC has called specifically on first time voters to ensure they register this weekend.

President Zuma and various premiers still have to proclaim the election date later this month which will set a deadline for submission of candidate lists.

Meanwhile, residents of Sebokeng in south Johannesburg, have vowed not to let election officials into the area.

There have been violent protests in the area this week over government's failure to provide basic services and housing.

A 26-year-old protester was shot dead on Wednesday during a scuffle between rival groups and police in the informal settlement in southern Johannesburg.

Stations for registration will open at 8am and close at 5pm on both days.

The 2014 polls will take place just 10 days after the 27 April anniversary of the 1994 elections.

'HISTORIC' ELECTIONS

The Presidency said yesterday that the 2014 General Elections will be historic.

It said the future of South Africa will be decided by "born frees" who will be voting for the very first time.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said it's time for the youth of the country to contribute meaningfully to democracy.

"President Zuma would like to congratulate all first-time voters. They are coming of age this year and they will be deciding the future of this beautiful country.

"We rely on the youth, says President Zuma, to take the benefits of this freedom forward and build this country further. South Africa is their inheritance."