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South Africa is heading to the polls on 29 May. Image: Flickr

KwaZulu-Natal schools used as voting stations to close for a week

A number of schools that serve as voting stations in KwaZulu-Natal will be closed from 27 until 31 May. Here’s what you should know.

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South Africa is heading to the polls on 29 May. Image: Flickr

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has confirmed that schools which serve as voting stations will be closed from 27 until 31 May. 

South Africa is heading to hotly contested polls on Wednesday, 29 May. Schools, churches and halls also serve as voting stations in various communities. 


KZN Education Head of Department Nkosinathi Ngcobo issued the directive on Circular Number 65 of 2024

In the circular, Ngcobo advised principals, learners and staff the designated schools that will serve as voting stations to hand over the schools to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). 

The department said it understands that the Commission may require access to the identified schools prior and after the election date. 

“To this end, teachers and general staff of the affected schools may handover the schools to the Office of the IEC from Monday, 27 May until Friday, 31 May so as not to interfere with the IEC process and for the safety and well-being of learners. 

“It is noted that the affected schools may lose learning and teaching time between 27 and 29 May,” the department said. 


In addition, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education said principals of the affected schools should ensure that learning recovery programmes are in place to assist learners to catch up after the elections. 

“It must also be noted that the May/June examinations will not be affected during the election period,” the department added.

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Some schools in KwaZulu-Natal will be closed as the country heads to the polls. Image: Flickr


Meanwhile, government recently warned anyone with intentions to disrupt the upcoming elections that the law enforcement officers will deal with them decisively and put them behind bars. 

During a briefing by the Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security (JCPS) Cluster, Defence Minister Thandi Modise said law enforcement officers will deal with anyone who intends to disrupt the elections decisively and will put them behind bars. 

Modise said no one has a right to intimidate and prevent others from exercising their Constitutional right to vote for a party of their choice.

“We want to assure the public of the JCPS Cluster’s readiness to protect the public, our country’s strategic installations, and infrastructure during the election period. We will do everything in our power to protect all who want to exercise their Constitutional right to vote,” she said.

The 2024 General Elections are believed to be the most contested in the history of this country. 

According to the Electoral Commission (IEC), 70 political parties are contesting the elections, 11 independent candidates and the national contestants are 52. At the same time, over 14 900 candidates are vying for 887 seats in the National and Provincial Legislatures.