Jacob Zuma makes his mark
Nkandla - President Jacob Zuma says he voted in Wednesday's local government elections because he wants to see development in Nkandla, in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal.
We want water, electricity and proper roads in this area. We want electricity to cover everybody, Zuma told reporters after casting his vote at Ntolwane Primary School on Wednesday morning.
Zuma hails from Nkandla and has a homestead there.
Ululating residents and Independent Electoral Commission chief Brigalia Bam greeted him at the voting station when he arrived at 10:51. He went to the line of voters and spoke to a few people before making his cross.
I feel very happy because casting your vote is one of the most important things a citizen can feel proud of. I also feel very happy because I voted in my village and voted with my villagers.
Optimistic for ANC
Zuma said he believed his party, the African National Congress (ANC) would do well.
I am very optimistic because we have made serious advances. We will surprise many.
According to the IEC's results for the Ntolwane voting station in the 2009 general elections, of 1 051 votes cast, 846 (80%) went the ANC's way.
The Inkatha Freedom Party, which controlled the ward, got 178 votes, or 16.9%. The United Democratic Movement and African People's Convention got two votes each, to the Democratic Alliance's one.
Zuma said while voting did not put food on the table, it determined who ran the government.
Government must create conditions for people to put food on the table.
Importance of voting
Zuma was happy people understood the importance of voting. He said once the election was over, people should participate in council meetings.
Speaking after Zuma cast his vote, Bam said she was happy with voting throughout the country so far.
There were problems in Ficksburg where the station was burnt, but we have since provided another one.
She would return to the IEC's nerve centre in Pretoria later on Wednesday.