Pretoria: Cabinet has applauded the millions of eligible South Africans who have registered to vote in the upcoming general elections.
The nation will go to the polls in the fifth democratic general election on May 7 this year.
Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said the executive welcomed the registration of over 80% of all eligible voters during the successful registration campaign by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
“In the spirit of celebrating and commemorating 20 Years of Freedom, Cabinet commends the IEC, political parties and members of society, whose combined efforts ensured that more eligible voters registered,” said Williams.
The first 2014 Cabinet meeting held this week, further commended the active participation by eligible voters, who ensured that their names were on the voter’s roll.
Williams reiterated the call for all eligible South Africans to exercise their right to vote.
She further stressed Cabinet’s calls on political leaders to instil political tolerance within their parties and supporters.
“This is critical to secure a free and fair election and to uphold the values of our Constitution,” she said.
Human Rights Month
Meanwhile, this year’s Human Rights Month will be celebrated under the theme: “Celebrating 20 years of changing lives through human rights”.
President Zuma will deliver the keynote address for Human Rights Day (21 March) at the main event in Sharpeville.
Government’s programme will bolster the 20 Years of Freedom campaign by highlighting issues that foster and promote social cohesion, nation-building and unity in South African society.