#Elections2016: Political leaders arrive at their voting districts

Political leaders have arrived to check that their details are on the voters' roll.

President Jacob Zuma along with his wife Thobeka Madiba registering at the Ntolwane Primary school. Picture: Rafiq Wagiet/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG/KWAZULU-NATAL - Various political leaders have now arrived at their voting districts to check that their details are on the voters' roll and highlight the importance of the upcoming municipal elections.

President Jacob Zuma visited the Ntolwane Primary School at Nkandla today with his wife, Thobeka Madiba Zuma to check that their names were on the voters' roll for the local government elections.

Locals who sat outside the registration station were brandishing African National Congress (ANC) flags and wore t-shirts with the president's face.

#Nkandla ANC members in a jovial mood ahead of President Zuma's expected arrival to register at Ntolwane Primary. pic.twitter.com/wARNT7auir

Security was tight, as a police nyala and a few police vans monitored the area while the president was inside.

Picture by Rafiq Wagiet/EWN.

Voting stations across the country opened this morning and South Africans can register to vote until 5pm today.

#Election2016 Nkandla resident Lucky Nene says he's happy with the ANC's leadership in the community. pic.twitter.com/gFzYzz1aj0

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says there are about 9 million South Africans who are not registered.

It's hopeful for a turnout of at least 1 million citizens this weekend.


ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will register to vote in the area where he attended high school and will visit other wards in the area today.

He has encouraged people to register to vote.

"As part of mobilisation, he will do the whole region in the province. Comrades have put together a programme for the deputy president so that he doesn't only focus on his ward where he'll be voting, but also to mobilise people in a number of wards.


Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane returned to his high school in Roodepoort to register and ensure South Africans are aware of the importance of the upcoming elections.

Maimane was at the Allen Glen High School where he greeted DA supporters.

Picture by Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

Maimane has called for change, saying South Africans need to register to vote for a change in their municipality and city.

#Elections2016 Some selfies as #DA leader Mmusi Maimane arrives to register at Allen Glen high school,Roodepoort.RDT pic.twitter.com/shA2lKS9HJ

He said while the ANC is falling apart as they fight about South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the Nkandla report, citizens need to put their country first.

"What we need is for democracy to work. It's a test of democracy now. I'm asking for South Africans to have the most legitimate form of democratic change and it is through the ballot box."

The DA leader took a number of selfies with pupils from the high school, who assured him they'll register as soon as they are eligible to vote.

Picture by Gia Nicolaides/EWN.