South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has proclaimed 27 October 2021 as the date for the local government elections – until there is a court order postponing them. News24 reports that addressing the media virtually on Tuesday, Dlamini-Zuma said through officially gazetting the date it would “enable the Electoral Commission of South Africa to go ahead and file papers in the Constitutional Court to postpone an election that has been proclaimed”. This after former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke filed a report which recommended the municipal polls be postponed to no later than February next year, due in large part to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.