Johannesburg - More than a dozen police and military vehicles were patrolling the streets of Bekkersdal, south west of Johannesburg, early on Wednesday morning.
Police were keeping a close watch after two tents of the Electoral Commission (IEC) were burnt in Bekkersdal on Tuesday evening.
A yellow and blue tent was meanwhile erected at the polling station instead of the usual white one.
IEC officials were still putting up their official sign a few minutes before the polls opened.
Some of the more than 100 people in a queue to vote, sang and danced to keep warm as they waited for their chance to make their mark.
Others climbed on top of a ruined house to take photographs of the queue.
A number of voters said they had been waiting since 05:00.
Police and military officials were positioned outside the station entrance and videoing the proceedings.Download the app by visiting one of these stores.