#Elections2014: Tutu urges tolerance

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said the rights of South Africans to vote must be respected.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Milnerton to cast his vote. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has said the rights of South Africans to vote must be respected.

Tutu, who voted in Milnerton this morning, is one of a host of high-profile South Africans who have made their mark in South Africa's fifth general elections.

'The Arch' has been outspoken in his criticism of the ANC and government in recent years.

He said it was critical that people voted.

"People died for this right, people were imprisoned and people suffered. And so we must not waste it."

Former president FW de Klerk also voted in Cape Town.

He said he believed the polls would be peaceful, free and fair.

"I was much less emotional than I was in 1994. 1994 was something very special, which I think can never be repeated in South Africa. But it touches the heart and, of course, you must use your right to vote."

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