President Cyril Ramaphosa and other African National
Congress (ANC) leaders will be partaking in the 2019 elections by voting at various
stations across the country.
The ruling party released a comprehensive list, detailing
the voting stations which would serve the ANC’s top-six on May 8. While the
presence of Ramaphosa and his colleagues are sure to create a stir, it’s
important to note that no canvassing of votes may take place at, or even in the
vicinity of, polling stations.
Elections 2019: No political campaigning allowed
— #VoteANC (@MYANC) May 6, 2019
This rule, enforced by the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), is stipulated in the Electoral Act 73 of 1997. As a result, politicians, from all political parties, will have to be on their best behaviour when waiting in line to make their mark.
The ANC’s top leaders will all be casting their vote on 8 May, choosing to join the majority of South Africans at the polls, rather than partake in the Special Voting procedure, which began on Monday morning. Here is where President Ramaphosa and his comrades will be voting from on Wednesday 8 May.
President Cyril Ramaphosa: Soweto
President Ramaphosa will be returning to his hometown of
Soweto, where he was born in 1952. According to the ANC’s statement, the
president will be casting his ballot at Hitekani Primary School, which will
serve as an IEC voting station at 4131 Masungwini Street, Chiaweto in Soweto.
Deputy President David Mabuza: Barberton
Deputy, David Mabuza, is also returning to his home-province on 8 May. The ANC executive, who was born in Mpumalanga in 1960, will be making his mark at a rural IEC voting station in the Barberton district, located at Azuri Farm along the R38 road, about three kilometres from the R40 T-junction.
National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe: Boksburg
Gwede Mantashe, who was born in a rural village adjacent to the Drakensberg Mountains in the Eastern Cape, will be casting his vote in Gauteng in the 2019 elections. The National Chairperson will report to the IEC voting station at Boksburg Primary School in Ward 43, Freeway Park.
Secretary General Ace Magashule: Parys
Ace Magashule is another ANC leader who is returning to his
roots on 8 May. The Secretary General, who was born in the Free State town of
Parys in 1959, will be making his mark at a voting station located at AME
Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte: Bezuidenhout Valley
Jessie Duarte will be voting in Johannesburg on 8 May, specifically
at the IEC polling station in Hofland Park, Bezuidenhout Valley, just east of
Treasurer General Paul Mashatile: Sandton
Paul Mashatile will be casting his vote in this year’s elections in Sandton. The Pretoria-born Treasurer General has indicated that he will visit the IEC station at Wendywood High School, located at 43 Lotus Street, Johannesburg.