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Watch: Cyril Ramaphosa calls for free and fair elections [video]

cyril ramaphosa electionsRamaphosa with his last message to South Africans before the elections.

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The outgoing president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on his final day as South Africa’s fifth head of state, wished for free and fair elections on Wednesday, when 26.7-million registered voters will cast their ballot for a new leader.

Ramaphosa’s final electioneering push took place at Ellis Park Stadium, in Johannesburg on Sunday. There, he conceded to the ANC’s past mistakes under the Jacob Zuma administration.

Cyril Ramaphosa urges South Africans to vote

He also made promises of a South Africa with a reinvigorated economy with spikes in job creation. In essence, it was a classic Ramaphosa performance.

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However, it all comes down to the people’s vote and the president’s message on the eve of the elections was a call for South Africans to uphold the Constitutional right to free and fair democratic elections.

At the conclusion of the second day of the special voting process, it is clear that some parts of the country are not satisfied with the fact that issues of governance have been left ignored for so long.

In the North West, six people were placed under arrest for their involvement in torching the car of a presiding electoral officer. Other areas, like parts of the Eastern Cape and Potchefstroom, were affected by the same display of violence too.

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This, however, has done little damage to hinder the process of collecting the people’s votes, the IEC confirmed in their state of readiness report.

Furthermore, police minister, Bheki Cele, revealed that provinces identified as medium-to-high risk zones will see at least six officers deployed at each voting station, while low-to-medium areas like the Western Cape, will see at least two.

In his message, Ramaphosa urged South Africans to practice safety and remember to bring the necessary documents along with them in order to cast their ballot.

You can watch the entire message from Ramaphosa below.

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Watch: Ramaphosa’s message on the eve of elections

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