#Elections2014: Zuma votes in Nkandla

The municipality of Nkandla remains a hotly contested area and is currently ruled by the IFP.

President Jacob Zuma about to cast his vote in Nkandla. Picture: @myANC_

NKANDLA/SESHEGO/JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has cast his vote in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal this morning, while Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema made his mark in Seshego in Limpopo.

Zuma arrived at the voting station in Nkandla flanked by his bodyguards and was greeted by cheers and ululations from the crowd.

The president said he was happy with how the process went.

This week, Zuma spoke out about the need for the quarter of a billion rand upgrades at his Nkandla homestead and said his wife was raped in their home, adding that the Nkandla issue was not his problem, and was only a factor for what he called 'bright people'.

The school where the president voted lies in the backdrop of his luxury home.

The mood was jovial ahead of his arrival as the cold lifted and locals have been at the station since the early hours of the morning.

The controversy surrounding Zuma's home has not seemed to permeate into the area, with most residents remaining strong in their support of the ANC.

The municipality of Nkandla remains a hotly contested area and is currently ruled by the Inkatha Freedom Party.


Meanwhile, Malema has arrived in Seshego at the Mponegele Primary school to cast his vote.

The firebrand politician joined the back of the queue at the school.

He was accompanied by his grandmother, Sarah, and they're currently standing hand-in hand as the line moves along slowly but surely.

Many others in the queue have grabbed their phones to take pictures while others have smilingly greeted the former ANC Youth League president.

Other than the earlier minor scuffle between members of the EFF and ANC over alleged campaigning, proceedings are running smoothly.


Voting was delayed in Gugulethu on the East Rand after clashes between police and residents this week.

An IEC tent was torched two days ago, disrupting special voting.

Officials have just arrived to start setting up again.

IEC officials are putting final touches to their preparations to allow the community here to vote.

Video: Will Gugulethu vote?

A resident said some members of the community planned to withhold their votes to protest against a lack of service delivery in their informal settlement.

"People are suffering and there are no jobs. It seems they are playing a hide and seek game because everything is at a standstill here so the people are angry and have decided to not go and vote."

Despite this, 20 people started queuing at an open field at the entrance to the informal settlement where a church has been turned into an IEC polling station.


The queue is starting to dwindle in Berario, Johannesburg, but voters will continue to stream through the voting station for the rest of the day.

Pancakes and coffee are for sale and children pass the time by playing on the jungle gyms or chasing bunnies around the fields.

ANC chair Baleka Mbete cast her vote here a short while ago, reminding young South Africans not to take these elections for granted.

"We should always feel grateful and not forget those who sacrificed to ensure that we can vote."

She mentioned Nelson Mandela as one of these heroes and said that she would vote ANC until she died.

But for others at this polling station the choice of who to support was not as easy, with one woman saying she kept thinking about corruption as she stood in the voting booth.


Former Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel is standing in a queue at the Killarney Country Club and he said this year his vote would be different but not emotional.

He said he did not think the result of this year's elections would be different from the 2009 elections.

The country club is the place where Madiba cast his final vote.

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All the pictures in this story are courtesy of EWN.