Less than ten people were seen queuing in Lethabong near Rustenburg in North West on Wednesday.
Voting stations opened on time at 7AM with few people braving the cold morning to queue. The polls have been described as the most hotly contested municipal election since 1994.
The ANC is facing opposition from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who were contesting their first municipal election and the Democratic Alliance (DA), who have made inroads in townships, as well as the Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) made up of former ANC councillors and members.
The ANC, EFF, DA and F4SD were contesting all the 45 wards of the Rustenburg local municipality.
By 7:30AM at Lethabong Community Creche voting station there were less than 10 people queuing to vote.
Some of the women wore ANC doeks and a man was sporting a red EFF beret.
Just more than 26 million South Africans have registered to vote in the municipal elections. Some 700 000 cast their ballots on Monday and Tuesday using special votes.
Voting stations will close at 7PM.
-African News Agency (ANA)