Mbombela - Voting got off to a smooth start in Mpumalanga's Nkomazi region on Wednesday morning.
This area, which borders Swaziland and Mozambique, has seen violent altercations between African National Congress and Economic Freedom Fighters members in the lead-up to the elections.
But on Wednesday morning, all was calm at the Itje-Legumbi voting station near Driekoppies, Ekuphumuleni voting station at Schoemansdal and at Tongaview, a Sapa correspondent reported.
At all three voting stations, the only political T-shirts being worn were those of the ANC.
At Ekuphumuleni, the queue grew rapidly and voters loudly sang ANC struggle songs. One person was seen handing out more free ANC T-shirts.
At Tongaview primary school, two born frees, Fortunate Khoza, 18, and Sanele Mhlanga, 18, said they were excited to vote for the first time.
At the Tonga Holiness Union Church voting station, IEC presiding officer Dirce Maseko said the voting process was going well.
"A total of 55 people voted peacefully in the first hour. We don't have any problems," said Maseko.
In December last year, 12 members of the ANC and EFF opened assault charges against each other.
They included ANC ward councillor Noma Maphanga, as well as the EFF's Nkomazi sub-regional convenor, Caleb Sibitane.
The EFF had accused Maphanga of mobilising her members, including her husband, David, to stop an EFF meeting that was being held in Tonga.