Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane has urged South Africans to turn out in their numbers to vote.
He has just cast his vote at his former high school in Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg.
“The people at home are the bosses, not the politicians. And therefore this is their right to hire a government or to fire one. It’s their right to give a contract to a government for five years and say we’re lending you our votes, and if you don’t deliver for us we’ll remove you. So this is their most powerful weapon and I would urge South Africans at home, come out lets exercise our rights, let’s vote for change because it gives us an opportunity to put South Africa in the right direction.”
In North West, Premier Supra Mahumapelo says he was impressed with the voting process conducted by IEC officials at Kebonang Secondary School voting station in Mahikeng where he cast his vote.
Mahumapelo says he is glad a peaceful atmosphere prevailed at the station.
“What impressed me here is the peace that I see amongst the people, the excitement but also the efficiency of the Independent Electoral Commission. I was saying to the other parties yesterday that our job as political parties, as leaders is to make sure that we make the work of the IEC easier because this is our families, this is our relatives, our sisters, our brothers, we live with them so congratulations to them.”
ANC Tshwane mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza has also cast her vote at Garsfontein, east of Pretoria.
Accompanied by local leadership, Didiza arrived to a media frenzy.
She told the media she is not nervous and is confident that ANC will retain the capital city.
Tshwane experienced unrest in June after Didiza was announced as mayoral candidate to take over the reigns from Kgosientsho Ramokgopa.
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