Pansy Tlakula casts her special vote at Orange Grove Primary School in Johannesburg. (Sapa)
Johannesburg - A 78-year-old woman arrived on crutches to vote at Hitekani Primary School in Chiawelo, Soweto, on Wednesday but could not because she had the wrong identity document.
"I am going back to get my ID. I took my late daughter's by mistake," said Elizabeth Ndlovu.
Ndlovu, walking with crutches, insisted on walking back home on her own when officials offered to take her home to get her correct ID.
She said her grandson would have shown her the correct identity, but was still sleeping when she left.
"I vote in every election. Why wouldn't we vote? This is our land we don't want the boers to govern us again."
Ndlovu was assured by officials that she would not stand in the line but would go straight to voting when she came back with her ID.Excited
More people were arriving at the voting station and the queue was becoming longer.
Another elderly woman, also on crutches, walked into the premises with a smile on her face.
"I don't know how old I am. Let me show you my ID," said Morongoe Monareng born in 1930.
After voting she said she was assisted by the officials because she could not see properly any more.
"I vote because I want a better life for me and my children. I want my kids to get free education."
An African National Congress gazebo was erected outside the voting premises while more elderly people walked into the voting station.
Voters checked their names before they made their way into the premises.
The street outside the school was packed with vehicles on both sides of the road.
A 29-year-old woman was excited to have voted for the third time in her life on Wednesday in Hitekani Primary School in Chiawelo.
"I could not wait for this day and I am very excited I have voted again. It's always exciting to vote," said Cheryl Mageza.
She said she chose to vote for change this time around because she had been disappointed by the party that she voted for previously.
Mageza brought her 4-year-old son who was still in his pyjamas.
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