Voting in Johannesburg’s leafy northern suburbs appeared to kick off without a hitch this morning, with only a little of the gale-force winds and bitter cold temperatures the South African Weather Services’s (Saws) had predicted.
At the Rosebank/Dunkeld bowling club, 3 786 voters were expected to make their mark, with 327 having cast their ballots by 10.30am. As voters patiently waited in a 100-metre-long queue, a member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) told The Citizen no irregularities had been reported thus far and voting had been peaceful since polls opened at 7 am.
In nearby Parkhurst, several voters chose to bring their canine companions along and were able to satiate their mid-morning appetites at a nearby food truck selling deep-fried Oreo cookies. Those that had left their wallets at home were offered free donuts and coffee by the DA, which hoped the move would tip the scales in their favour in ward 117. IEC presiding officer Tshepiso Ntswele told The Citizen that, apart from a minor spat between DA and ANC representatives outside the station earlier in the day, the morning’s voting had been uneventful. By 9 am, 556 of the 4 646 voters registered at the station had cast their ballot.
A stone’s throw from the controversial Gupta family’s Johannesburg base, Ward 117 voters at the Saxonwold Primary School faced short queues, while the IEC presiding officer told The Citizen the station had processed 1 072 votes by 11 am.
Voting station across Johannesburg will remain open until 7pm tonight.