Fransman dedicates vote to Madiba

The Western Cape ANC leader jumped the line and cast his ballot at a Kuils River polling station.

ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman speaks to the crowd at Nyanga Stadium, Western Cape, 4 Mat 2014. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN -Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman on Wednesday cast his ballot at a Kuils River polling station and dedicated his vote to late former president Nelson Mandela.

The ruling party is desperate to win back the province from the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the country's fifth democratic election.

A special brass band welcomed Fransman at the Dutch Reformed Church.

One ANC supporter gave him a hug while others waved party flags.

A cool and confident looking Fransman smiled before entering the voting station.

A handful of voters turned out to cast their vote in Atlantis on the West Coast. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

He is one of more than 3,000 people who registered to vote at this particular station.

Fransman told Eyewitness News he is casting his vote in honour of Madiba, as South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy.

Unlike DA leader Helen Zille who waited in line before she voted earlier today, Fransman jumped the queue.

Democratic Alliance leader, Helen Zille casts her vote in Rondebosch in Cape Town. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.


While there were a few hiccups at some voting points this morning, the process was by and large smooth.

Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba speaking to IEC officer at Siqalo, in Mitchell's Plain. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

However, AgangSA says it has filed an official complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and it wants voting at a Philippi polling station to start from scratch.

Party leader Mamphela Ramphele says she was met with scenes of chaos when she visited the venue earlier in the day.

She says IEC rules were flouted and claims there were problems with the voters' roll.

"The voters' roll that they received in the morning only started with the letter N in the alphabet. The people who were standing there from 4am, if their surname started with a B, couldn't vote."

Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Patricia de Lille at the voting station in Pinelands, Cape Town. Picture: @PatriciaDeLille.

Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya says the issues are being resolved.

"As of 11am, the final handful of voting stations which had experienced delays were in the process of running. Only a few of those [stations] were still opening."


While voters countrywide are queuing at stations, Department of Home Affairs officials in the Cape are hard at work.

Officials at the Barrack Street office say they want to ensure voters have all the necessary documentation to make their mark.

The department is open for business despite the public holiday.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko takes a photo as she waits in a queue to vote at Sunningdale Pre-Primary in Cape Town. Picture: Lindiwe Mazibuko.

A full complement of smiling staff welcomed citizens seeking assistance or temporary identification documents in order to cast their vote.

Some officials said it's been a busy day.

But there's no sign of the long queues that snaked out the doors on Tuesday.


Some youth in Kayamandi say they will not let the opportunity to vote pass them by.

Hundreds filled Makupula Street, queuing at two voting points.

Te Siqalo voting station was moved inside a shopping complex for safety reasons on 6 May. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

The street has been closed to traffic so voters can queue.

Many people were unafraid to show off the colours of the political parties they're voting for.

There's also a heavy police presence in the area but officers say there haven't been any issues thus far.

Most of the voters appear to be youths, who say they'll queue all day if need be, as long as they get to make their mark.


Meanwhile, a group of senior citizens braved the chilly wind in Rondebosch this morning as they waited to be transported to their various voting stations.

Many residents are now queuing at a voting station in Paarl in the Western Cape on 7 May 2014. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

The group waited patiently for several hours.

Georgina Davids, 85, said she felt excited.

"I find it very important for every South Africans to vote."

Watch: Former President Thabo Mbeki urges South Africans to vote.

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