• IEC expects to release election results by Sunday
  • The first result of the 2024 elections has been released from the Bizana Baptist Church in the Eastern Cape
  • With 20 voting districts declared, the ANC still tops the list of votes on the national ballot
  • Gauteng Police say 16 elections-related arrests have been made since the poll date proclamation
  • Counting of ballots continues, albeit slowly, as only 0.57% of Voting Districts have been declared (133 out of 23 293)
  • The majority of voting stations closed late last night due to long queues: IEC
Ramaphosa votes at home in Chiawelo, Soweto

Ramaphosa votes at home in Chiawelo, Soweto

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The country’s first citizen has voted where he grew up and went to school at Hitekani Primary in Chiawelo, Soweto.

President Cyril Ramaphosa interacted with voters after casting his vote. He reflected on what happened across the country as voting progressed.

He said he was pleased with the level of attendance at most polling stations.  “This is a great day for democracy in SA and I have heard that voting has started throughout the country and it is going well. I am very delighted to be here with my wife in the township where I grew up and it is great to meet so many people coming to vote for the stabilization and extension of our democracy and this is the great day where SA decided on the future of the country.”

The President has also registered his concern at the alleged incidents of some interference in the work of the IEC.

“We are concerned about the incidents that have been reported where the IEC has raised its concerns but also one incident where the police had to intervene by arresting those who were interfering with the work of the IEC. The work of the IEC is sacrosanct, it should have never been interfered with because when you interfere with the work of the IEC you are really interfering with our democracy and you are trying to subvert the will of the people. So we are concerned and we are once again calling on all SA that all of us must abide by the prescripts of the Electoral Law and our constitution as well.”

GALLERY: South Africans vote at different voting stations around the country

Abuse of state resources

President Ramaphosa used the opportunity to dismiss accusations that he abused state resources when he addressed the nation on Sunday evening, two days before the election.

Several parties including the EFF have complained with the MK Party and the DA taking the matter to court.

“Well yes, some political parties have taken issue with the address I delivered. It had two components: One component was to talk about the readiness of the elections and the other component was to close off on the sixth administration that is coming to an end. And, we sought to say to the people of SA as they go into an election they should vote for any party they like and that they should be assured that all of us have done a great deal of work in taking this country forward and I was also careful to say all of us but that has now become a matter of court so the less said by myself the better.”

President Ramaphosa will visit the Results Operations Centre in Midrand within the next coming days as the country decides who should govern for the next five years.

Courts will decide on DA’s legal challenge against me: Ramaphosa

Courts will decide on DA’s legal challenge against me: Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to criticisms of his national address on Sunday just days before today’s general elections.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed papers at the Electoral Court against Ramaphosa over his address.

The party says this was in violation of the Electoral Act and is asking that the votes of the ANC be reduced by one percent.

The uMkhontho weSizwe (MK) party reiterated DA’s stance, labelling the speech as an abuse of power as it was delivered just a day before the special votes.

In a televised address, the president highlighted the successes of the 6th administration.

Ramaphosa says he will leave the matter to the courts to decide.

He was speaking at Tshiawelo in Soweto where he cast his vote with his wife Tshepo Motsepe.

“Some political parties have taken issue with the address I delivered. It had two components – one, to talk about the readiness of the elections and two, to close off the 6th administration which is coming to an end…and that is a matter that is now subjected to the courts and our judges are the ones who will pronounce the final judgment on this matter.”

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa says voting will help to strengthen the country’s democracy. 

Ramaphosa spoke to the media after casting his vote:

Election Day – SA goes to the polls

Election Day – SA goes to the polls

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South Africans are set to vote today in the most highly-contested elections since the end of apartheid in 1994.

More than 27-million people are registered to cast their ballots in the polls that highlight growing political fragmentation after 30 years of democracy.

Over 1.6 million people had applied for special voting which took place yesterday and on Monday.

The Electoral Commission says it is ready to deliver the elections.

Earlier President Cyril Ramaphosa commended the commission and its staff for what he said were their meticulous preparations for the polls.

“We commend the Independent Electoral Commission for the impressive work they have undertaken in preparation for these elections. We have once again witnessed the capabilities of the IEC – in the successful voter registration weekends, in the registration of parties and candidates, in the preparation of ballot papers, in the organisation of overseas voting, and in the diligent application of our electoral laws. We convey our thanks to the IEC staff as they deliver on this most important responsibility of our nation,” said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa wishes citizens well with special votes

Ramaphosa wishes citizens well with special votes

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished South Africans well on their special votes tomorrow and on Tuesday as well as on the actual voting day on Wednesday. He addressed the nation on Sunday night as South Africans will be voting for the 7th administration.

The President also reflected on the challenges and achievements of the 6th administration. He said the election offers South Africans an opportunity to build on the achievements of the past administration..

“As this 6th administration draws to a close, and as we prepare for the 7th administration, let us build on the progress that we have made. At this moment in our path to renewal, we cannot afford to turn back. There is more work to be done. Let us draw strength and encouragement from the difficulties we have overcome together. I call upon all South Africans to go cast their votes. We are a diverse people, but a united nation. Let us be united in our commitment to our democracy. Let us work together to build a better country.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa Addresses the Nation:

The Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is ready to administer the special votes.

Special votes for those South Africans who are out of the country have already been cast.

The IEC briefed the media on Sunday afternoon on the state of their readiness for special votes as well as general elections on Wednesday.

IEC Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Masego Sheburi says over 1.7 million voters have registered for special votes.

“6 million South Africans have been approved to vote by special votes. Of those, 624 ,000 will be visited by our trained staff at their homes of places of confinement. This is so because they have been approved for special vote owing to their physical conditions and their inability to physically present at a voting station.”

IEC briefing on the readiness for Special Votes taking place on 27 May and 28 May 2024:

Mbalula rules out possibility of officials resigning post elections

Mbalula rules out possibility of officials resigning post elections

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African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Fikile Mbalula has ruled out any possibility of the party’s top officials and their National Executive Committee members stepping down, should the party dip below 50% during next week’s election.

He was speaking to the media on the party’s preparedness for its Siyanqoba rally at the FNB stadium on Saturday.

Some polls have predicted that the ANC might lose government for the first time since 1994.

Mbalula says they will reflect on the outcome of the elections after the polls.

“You don’t resign because you have not done well. You actually stay on and give a report and make a reflection on where did things go wrong, did we not campaign well. We have got processes; the evaluation will be done by the membership of the ANC and they will conclude on it in their different conferences that we don’t re-elect you because you did not do well and it will be based on empirical evidence. So, we are not elected to step aside after elections, we will meet and make a reflection, and that reflection will be informed by how we have fared.”