#Elections2014: Malema optimistic

Julius Malema said although his party is only eight months old, it has campaigned like veterans.

Julius Malema said although his party is only eight months old, it has campaigned like veterans. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

SESHEGO/PRETORIA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said he's confident his party's first election will be one for the record books.

Malema cast his vote in Seshego in Limpopo earlier today accompanied by his grandmother whose hand he held throughout most of their voting process.

The firebrand politician said although his party was only eight months old, it has campaigned like veterans

"We fought like a bulldog fighting for a bone and within eight months we were conducting a campaign as if we've got 10 years of experience."

Malema, however, conceded that an outright win in the province was not all his party aimed to achieve.

"When you get into a boxing ring you don't fight to become number two, that would be a useless fight. You fight to win. However, if you don't win you remain a winner because you went in the ring."

Shouts of 'my leader' and 'my president' from supporters could be heard as Malema left the station, making jokes and smiling with residents who had also made their marks.

MADONSELA URGES CITIZENS TO VOTE

Meanwhile, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said voting was the most important of democratic rights and urged all citizens to do so.

The Public Protector cast her ballot at the Waterkloof Glen polling station in Pretoria this morning.

Wearing a blue election observer bib, Madonsela chatted with citizens waiting to cast their vote.

"This is where we decide on the basis of trust who we'll give our collective power to, and who we'll trust with our limited resources."

She urged people to vote with their heads.

"You're placing your fate and our fate in the hands of the men and women who are going to govern."

But she declined give an answer about whether she considered her reports when deciding which party to vote for.

Video: Thousands queue to vote.