SA Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande said the Electoral Commission efficiency could be a good example to public institutions.
Nzimande, who voted at ward 88 at Emmarentia Primary School, said that was where he always cast his vote and added he was impressed with how the IEC had mastered these elections.
“It looks like it improves with time, it was so quick, I couldn’t believe it … I think our public institutions have a lot to learn from each other, especially (from) the IEC.”
The minister of education took a couple of pictures with voters who expressed how happy they were on this day and others proclaiming their support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
“Of course it feels good to vote for the ANC,” said Nzimande.
Unfortunately Ellen Ndlovu, 40, from Soweto, left the voting station in tears because she could not cast her vote there.
“I’m really disappointed, that’s why I’m crying. I was told to vote in my ward. Had I known that before, I would have went there straight. I can’t go to Soweto now. I have to be at work because I look after an old woman,” said Ndlovu as she wiped tears from her eyes.
Morgan Ncube, 66, originally from Zimbabwe, said he was happy with his vote and thought it would make a difference.
“I’ve been voting at this station since 1994. I’m happy because I know my vote counts. Where I come from it is different – people vote but nothing happens. I encourage people to vote to see the changes they want,” he said.
By 10am, the electoral station had been visited by 570 people to cast their votes. Two other people were also turned away, with one man told he could not vote without an ID.
– African News Agency (ANA)