Madikizela-Mandela: Voting both sad and proud moment

She says she doesn’t mind who wins the election, all she wants is leaders to start working harder.

FILE: Winnie Madikizela-Mandel. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has cast her ballot in Soweto, saying voting is both a proud and a sad moment for her.

She is the latest in a string of high profile South Africans who have made their mark in the 2016 local government elections and used the opportunity to urge all registered voters to do the same.

Madikizela-Mandela was accompanied by Gauteng African National Congress (ANC)b chair Paul Mashatile and hip hop artist AKA.

The ANC stalwart says whichever political parties win power in the elections must prioritise service delivery.

As her VIP vehicle pulled into the parking lot at the Orlando West Secondary School, residents started ululating.

Media and voters alike started pushing to catch a glimpse of the freedom fighter, with one woman shouting "Mama Winnie, we love you".

She has cast her ballot, and says she does not mind who wins the election, all she wants is leaders to start working harder for the benefit of the country.

Musician AKA and Wits Student Representative Council President, Nompendulo Mkhathswa, accompanied Madikizela-Mandela, but did not vote at the station.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says she is hoping for an improved South Africa after today's elections, and says if the ANC wins its leaders will be under more pressure than ever to deliver.

The ailing stalwart used a crutch as a support as she walked to the voting station in a classroom, where IEC officials were waiting anxiously.

She says South Africa is going through a difficult time and better governance is urgently needed.

Madikizela-Mandela also says she is concerned about the state of the country's economy.

The former ANC Women's League president says she is happy with how the voting process went and hopes the day remains peaceful.