Zuma urges SA citizens to register for municipal elections

The president says over 22,000 registration stations will be open on Saturday and Sunday.

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JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says young South Africans must register to vote this weekend so they can have a say in who governs their municipalities.

Voting stations across the country will be open between 8am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Registered voters have been urged to check their details, while more than nine million others have been urged to register as first-time voters.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says they are ready to accommodate everyone.

"We have 62,000 officials who have been trained and re-trained so as to receive the applications of people who wish to vote later in the year. We are quite satisfied at the moment of their level of confidence."

Meanwhile, Minister Malusi Gigaba and City of Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa went on a walk-about at the Tshwane University of Technology campus in Soshanguve today, in a bid to encourage people to register to vote.

Gigaba says Home Affairs offices will be open this weekend to coincide with the IEC operational hours.

"[There are] about 70,000 people whose green coded Identity Documents (ID) have not been collected. Our role is to assist the IEC by ensuring that South Africans collect their ID documents books so that they can come out to register tomorrow."