The outgoing president, Cyril Ramaphosa, after much anticipation, made an appearance at Hitekani Primary School in Chiawelo, Soweto, accompanied by his wife, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, to cast his ballot.
Large crowds gathered outside the polling station to greet the president, as he made his way to the booth to cast his vote. It does not require much imagination to guess who he will be voting for.
— Bafana Nzimande (@nzimandebafana) May 8, 2019
After imploring South Africans to come out in their numbers to participate in a free and fair election process, this is what the president had to say about the atmosphere on Election Day:
Cyril Ramaphosa votes in Chiawelo: Key things he mentioned
On the atmosphere on Election Day
“The nation and the people are energised. They can see that with their vote, they are heralding a new dawn.”
On the future of South Africa
“We hope that the outcome will be in line with what the people wish to see. What they want is a South Africa that is really working.”
On investor implications of elections outcome
“We are committed that we are going to embark on a process of growing our economy. The outcome of this election will be a major boost for investors. This vote is about confidence, about the future.”
On addressing the people’s needs
“The people who are all standing here. I am going to climb on their shoulders so that I can see far ahead so that I can do what they would like me to do.”
On poverty and unemployment
“What this vote means will be addressing the poor people’s needs. We have grinding poverty in our country. Inequality remains and unemployment is still high.”
On service delivery
“We will grow our economy on an inclusive basis. The mandate we are getting here is that we must hasten our service delivery efforts.”
On why people must give ANC a second chance
“Our people need to believe us because over 25 years, the lives of our people have changed. But we have not yet filled the glass, it is half full, not half empty.
“We now know why we didn’t fill it because we started deviating from the people’s mandate. Corruption and patronage got in the way… We know our mistakes and we are sorry about the mistakes we have made.”
Watch: Ramaphosa enters poll station in Chiawelo to vote
— #VoteANC (@MYANC) May 8, 2019