Motlanthe's wife tells bodyguards to step aside so journos can interview him

2016-08-03 16:32

Killarney - Former president Kgalema Motlanthe’s bodyguards were in a bad mood as he stood in a queue waiting to vote at the Killarney Country Club - the voting station close to his home.

Journalists had interviewed him when he arrived at the polling station just after 11:00 on voting day, and the bodyguards did not want to allow any further interviews.

But his wife, Gugu Mtshali, asked them to allow the interview because it would "be good for the ANC".

When News24 asked if his vote, like that of former president Thabo Mbeki, was a secret, he laughed and said "no".

"I vote for the ANC; it is not a secret."

Motlanthe said he had played an active part in the party’s elections campaign until the Saturday before voting day. He also attended the ANC’s final elections rally in Johannesburg’s Emirates Park Stadium on Sunday.

Asked why voting was important to him, Motlanthe said: "Well, it is a duty and obligation of every citizen to cast their vote... our public representatives are selected on the basis of our choices, so that’s an important responsibility."

Asked whether they had been offered a place in front of the 100-strong queue, which snaked around the corner, Mtshali said the officials had tried, "but we stuck to our guns".

Motlanthe was then interrupted by a woman who wanted him to have his picture taken with her son. They eventually managed to cast their votes around noon.

Motlanthe was accompanied by Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and other ANC members.

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