The day is finally here – it is election day!
South Africans are expected to come out in their numbers on Monday and cast their ballots for the local government elections.
Let’s take a look at where each leader will be making their mark on Monday:
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa will cast his vote in the township of his birth, Soweto, with the 2021 local government elections set to take place on Monday, 1 November.
He is expected at 10:00 at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo in Soweto, City of Johannesburg.
Last month, the ANC president had to deal with residents who were angry over the lack of service delivery, especially electricity supply.
But it seems he is ready to brave the hostile environment.
ANC’s deputy president David Mabuza will cast his vote in Barberton, Mpumalanga.
Former president Jacob Zuma who was released on medical parole last month, will cast his vote at the Ntolwane Primary School in Nkandla.
EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to cast his vote at a school in his hometown of Seshego‚ Limpopo.
He is expected to cast his at 10h00 at Mponegele Primary school.
DA Federal Leader John Steenhuisen MP will cast his vote in his home city, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. He will be making his mark at the Northwood Boys High School early on Monday.
Here’s our guide to the new safer voting process. Please:
Wear a mask when you vote, as per lockdown regulations for all persons in public places. If you don’t have a mask or face cover, election officials will refuse you entry to the voting station and you will not be able to vote.Keep a social distance of 1.5 m from…well, everyone… fellow voters, election officials, party agents and observers, at all times while queuing and inside your voting station.Wait your turn before entering the voting station as only a limited number of people may be inside the venue at the same time.Know that liquid sanitiser will be sprayed on your hands by an election official before you enter the voting station.We care for the safety of our election officials. They will be provided with masks and gloves to wear, and 70% alcohol sanitiser for hands and surfaces at voting stations and for special voting by home visits, in line with government regulations.You can bring your own pen for marking ballots at the voting station, but be advised that election officials will be sanitising all pens at the voting stations after each use.Note that election officials will mark your thumb with indelible ink liquid from a bottle applied on a cotton bud, which will be disposed of after each use. They will then ask you to wait before leaving the voting station to make sure the ink has dried on your thumbnail, should you decide to sanitise your hands again afterward.Rest assured that all voting station surfaces, including tables and booths, will regularly be wiped with 70% alcohol disinfectant.Say if it’s not okay. Politely speak up if people are too close to you, or if anyone’s behaviour makes you feel uncomfortable. Keep yourself and others safe.