Cape Town - Dogs in Claremont, Cape Town, thought it was barking mad to be waiting in an election queue on Wednesday evening, but were grateful for the walk.
Dougall, an 11-year-old black Scottish Terrier, waited with his owner Terry while their domestic worker Elizabeth went into Claremont Primary School to vote.
Terry could not vote because he was from the United Kingdom.
"He's unhappy that they won't let him vote too," he said of his loyal companion.
Dougall went on three walks to the suburban station and back home again because the queues had been too long.
George Klein, 65, a tour operator, stood a few metres away with his Ridgebacks Ben and Bruno, while his wife voted inside.
"She actually prefers the dogs, but unfortunately the dogs have to come with me," he quipped.
"Our guilty conscience is very easily invoked and they need a walk so we thought we'd kill two birds with one stone."
Ben whimpered upon spotting a chocolate labrador called Oscar across the road.
Oscar's owners said he had been named before "all the trouble", referring to murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.
The labrador received quite a bit of attention from the ladies and one man joked that he was a magnet for female voters.
The queue at Claremont was less than 20m long and filled with young families and pensioners.
Some children were dressed in pyjamas and a set of parents had put nifty headlights onto their toddlers to help them walk in the dark.