Zuma urges public to vote

The public can still register, but will have to do so at the IEC offices.

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

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have been urged to take advantage of the final opportunity to register to vote before it is officially gazetted by government.

Last week, President Jacob Zuma announced that this year's general elections would be held on 7 May, but he has yet to proclaim the date, meaning the voters' roll will remain open.

South Africans can still register, but will have to do so at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) offices located in every municipality in the country.

The presidency's Mac Maharaj says the proclamation should be made by the end of this month.

He says voting is one of the mechanisms through which South Africans can take charge of their destiny.

"President Zuma has repeatedly encouraged people to take advantage of the right to vote for which so many people have sacrificed their lives."

Over 24 million people have registered to vote.