Mbeki: SA has obligation to vote

The former president says voting is an obligation to those who died fighting against apartheid.

Former president Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday urged all South Africans to vote in national and provincial elections.

He said people have an obligation to the heroes and heroines who died fighting against apartheid.

Mbeki cast his special vote in Killarney, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday ahead of his trip to Nigeria this afternoon.

He laughed off questions about which party his vote went to.

But Mbeki did say with so many contenders, the choice was not an easy one.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) official's set up a mobile voting station in Mbeki's driveway, helping him to go through all the formalities and allowing him to make his mark behind closed doors.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, he didn't endorse any party, and said choosing one is a difficult and challenging task.

"We do indeed have an obligation to the thousands of people who died to ensure we have this right to vote."

Mbeki also spoke about the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, saying they must be returned to their families.