Cape Town - Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele surprised voters when she arrived to make her mark at the Sea Point library voting station in Cape Town on Wednesday morning.
"Good morning citizens!" she shouted, as she made her way past the long queue in an emerald and black suit.
Residents seemed excited and took photos as Ramphele went inside to vote and accepted a bouquet of proteas from a voter.
Five minutes later, she came out and proudly showed off her inked thumb.
She reminisced about voting in Boston in the United States 20 years ago, when she was there on sabbatical.
"When you have a first experience - it doesn't matter what it is and we won't go too far into that - you always are emotional," she said.
"I wept the whole way through and wept in the evening when we saw the results."
She said she was now filled with joy because the country had been given enough time to learn to be a mature democracy.
"I am very proud of being part of the process to raise the bar on political discourse in South Africa."
Ramphele's voice was almost drowned out by the cries of seagulls on the roof.
The suburb seemed to be filled with physically active people and not all stood in the queue to vote.
Groups of cyclists and serious runners with earphones sped past without turning their heads to see what was going on.
Sleek women dolled up in full make-up and designer gym gear were in plentiful supply.
Some peeked at their cellphone screens while speed-walking past the voting station.
Ramphele gave a last wave before she was led off by her aide and bodyguard.
She was expected to make her way to Langa, Philippi and Muizenberg later on Wednesday and fly to Johannesburg in the afternoon to meet Bekkersdal residents.Download the app by visiting one of these stores.