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Parties urge people to register to vote

Political parties are calling on people to come out in their numbers to register to vote.

Political parties call on South African to come out in their numbers to register to vote. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The latest additions to the political landscape the Economic Freedom Fighters and (EFF) and Agang SA both say they intend to rally more support for their parties this weekend while South Africans register for the national elections next year.

Registration stations are open from 8am to 5pm this weekend.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says party leader Julius Malema will be in his province of Limpopo at Seshego township this weekend.

"It's a way of encouraging young people and the entire community to go and register to vote for 2014. The only way to assist the country is to go and vote and take the ANC government out."

Agang spokesperson Thabo Leshilo says, "Everybody will be on the ground, including the leader of the party, urging to people to register to vote."

President Jacob Zuma is in his home town of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal for the voter registration weekend.

He says he wants to highlight the importance of voting next year.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says, "Some of the people are registered but they don't vote while some only voted once. The right to vote was a hard-earned right. People had to die to ensure that people can go and vote."

Meanwhile, the registration process in Diepsloot has kicked off with a slow start, but officials expect queues later after lunch.

Twenty one-year-old Lorraine Mashamaite and her 18-year-old sister were among the first time voters who registered in Diepsloot this morning.

The sisters say they will be voting next year because they want change in the country.

Only a few people have arrived at the Diepsloot registration centres so far, with no one having to queue as yet.

Police are monitoring the process.

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