Tutu, Madikizela-Mandela, Motlanthe and other stalwarts have cast votes

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe says there is no excuse for registered South Africans not to vote.  Motlanthe was speaking as he was preparing to cast his vote at the Killarney Country Club north of Johannesburg.

“It’s important for all registered voters today to come out and cast their vote, particularly because today is a public paid holiday. So no-one should have an excuse of not coming out.”

Another former President, Thabo Mbeki, says it’s important for the electorate to understand that a vote can be kept secret. Mbeki cast his ballot at Holy Family College in Saxonwold, Johannesburg.

“There is an insistence to keep the vote a secret, is to insure the integrity of the system and make sure that people can vote freely with their conscience and not feel intimidated. So that’s why I am raising it, not necessarily because my vote is a secret, you can guess what it is. But I think it is important to communicate this message because everybody should be assured that what they would have done here, there’s nobody that’s going to come here and say why did you vote for so and so and not so and so.”

Struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says South Africa needs a government that will turn the country’s sluggish economy around. Madikizela-Mandela cast her vote at Orlando West High School in Soweto.  The centre is located on Vilakazi Street, close to the home she once shared with the late former President Nelson Mandela.

“I hope that every South African is wishing for a better South Africa after these elections, after all municipalities are the machinery of the state, and what we must all be worried about is the state of the economy of the  country. And I think every South African is worried about the weakness of the Rand and the fact that a government that has to lead the country, must deliver this time around.” 

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
 cast his ballot at Milnerton High School in Cape Town.  He said he hopes everyone will use their vote for a good cause.  The frail looking Arch was accompanied by his wife Leah.

“It still a dream to know that one can vote in South African as black person, it fantastic and hope everybody will want to use their votes in the right way.”

Voting is progressing smoothly across the country with only minor problems being reported.


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