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What is significant about 27 October dedicated for local government elections

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Why the South African government opted for the 27 October 2021, local government elections. The racial and political tension that were to split the then South Africa police force. There is a history behind the date. In reversing the past and stopping the crisis in the police force this day was earmarked as important. For decades the South African Police as a paramilitary force was used to suppress resistance to apartheid. This has plunged into inward turmoil by political tensions that threaten stability of the country at a crucial period in its transition to democracy. The 27 October 1993, ironically, is the day the crisis within the police force had come to a head. It was just when major reforms were introduced. The reforms were devised in consultation with the African National Congress (ANC), Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and other political groups.

These were being implemented in districts throughout the country. This was to include the former homelands. The reforms, which were expected to take up to six years to implement. This was to include a nationwide system of community policing. It was to strive to build black confidence in the national force. Further to a reeducation and empowerment programme to eliminate deep-seated racial attitudes within the force. The plan was also to call for bringing to an end the overlapping functions of the apartheid police and South African Defense Forces. In the end to the hiring of more previously disadvantaged people - black policemen.

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