Zuma urges South Africans to register to vote

President Jacob Zuma has stressed the importance of this year’s local government elections.

President Jacob Zuma along with his wife Thobeka Madiba registering at the Ntolwane Primary school. Picture: Rafiq Wagiet/EWN

NKANDLA - President Jacob Zuma stressed the importance of this weekend's voter registration when he visited the polling station closest to his homestead in ward 14 in Nkandla in Kwa Zulu-Natal yesterday morning to check his name on the voters roll.

South Africans have until 5pm this evening to register and to check that their names are on the voters roll in their area.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is hoping to reach nine million unregistered voters during this weekend's registration drive.

Zuma says South Africans must not take the importance of the municipal elections for granted.

"I'd suggest that all citizens should do so. You mustn't take it for granted thinking that your name is there. It's always good to check so that on voting day you are not surprised when you find that your name is not there."

Meanwhile, the ANC in Nkandla will be embarking on a registration drive today to ensure all eligible voters register for this year's local government elections.

The ANC currently controls five of the 14 wards in Nkandla.

Ward 14 councillor Sibongiseni Bhengu says they're making a concerted effort to get the youth to register.

"We expect a lot of people to come especially young people. We know normally they don't take voting seriously but they are coming. We hope they will come in their numbers. If they don't come, the ANC volunteers are there to remind them to come and register to vote."