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Zuma casts his vote in Nkandla

Zuma says it is good to see the area’s elderly citizens exercising their right as they couldn’t before 1994.

President Jacob Zuma casting his vote in his hometown of Nkandla on 3 August 2016. Picture: GCIS.

NKANDLA, KWAZULU-NATAL - President Jacob Zuma received a warm welcome from residents in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal when he joined the queue to vote in today's local government elections.

The president cast his vote a short while ago.

He then walked out with his wife Thobeka Madiba Zuma and then chatted with some residents - mainly the elderly who were queueing to cast their votes.

Zuma says it is good to see the area's elderly citizens exercising their right to vote as they couldn't before 1994.

"It's absolutely pleasing that some of our citizens who couldn't vote for many years. At old age at least they're able to vote, to have the right to vote and be happy."

On his way out of the Ntolwane Primary School voting station, the president was surrounded by residents who asked to take selfies and photographs with him.

Zuma urged South Africans to exercise their right to vote, saying that sitting at home will not help bring change.

The president says he is impressed by the maturity shown by political parties and voters across the country.

He says South Africa continues to be an example to the African continent on how a democratic election should be conducted.

Earlier, ANC supporters cheered as a chopper hovered over the area, signalling that the president was on his way.

The president is expected to continue visiting other areas in KwaZulu-Natal now that he has voted.