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.
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.
The state of South Africa’s readiness to host the elections
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.
Watch: Ramaphosa’s message on the eve of elections
Message from the President of the Republic of South Africa:
In his capacity as the Head of State, our President, His Excellency Mr @CyrilRamaphosa has made a clarion call to all South Africans registered to vote to come out in their numbers tomorrow. #SAElections2019 #XseDay pic.twitter.com/yeAExhOspr
— #VoteANC (@MYANC) May 7, 2019