Thoko Didiza, the ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane, smiled and said she was sure the party would retain the capital as she cast her ballot at a voting station in Grootfontein early on Wednesday.
“I am not nervous, actually. I’m happy that we have done a good campaign and we are here now. I am sure the ANC will retain Tshwane,” Didiza told reporters.
Asked if the ANC would form coalitions if they did not win the tightly-contested metro, Didiza responded: “I’m confident we will win. I don’t think at this stage one would start debating possibilities of what will happen next.”
Didiza urged South Africans across the country to come out in their millions to vote.
“What is important is that at local level, it is where we express our views as communities about what type of government we want to be led by,” said Didiza.
She joined the queue, accompanied by several ANC regional officials in Tshwane.
Voting in the 2016 local government elections began on Wednesday morning at 7am and closes at 7pm.
The IEC advised registered voters to bring along a valid ID document – original green bar-coded SA ID book, the smartcard ID or valid Temporary Identity Certificate.
About 26 million people have registered to vote.
– African News Agency (ANA)