WATCH: Motlanthe casts his vote, refuses to jump the queue

2019-05-08 13:46
Kgalema Motlanthe
Former President Kgalema Motlanthe casts his vote in Killarney, Johannesburg. (Supplied, South African Government Twitter)

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has urged South African citizens to exercise their right to vote, saying it is not like going to a dentist. 

Motlanthe cast his vote at the Killarney Country Club in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning. 

"The right to vote came at a high price, very high price. So it is a right that people should value and exercise all the time. If they don't, those who vote will determine the future of this country. 

"This is the sixth time I am casting my vote and it feels great."

Motlanthe said he was happy that 48 parties had registered to contest the elections, which meant that more people had confidence in the system.

"And I must tell you. For those of you who haven't voted yet, it is not painful at all. It is not like going to a dentist," he said. 

When he arrived at the voting station, the former president joined a long queue of voters, saying he did not want to jump it.  

"You jump the queue, in this respect... of casting a vote, what stops you from jumping the queue in all other respects? So it is the right thing to do (not jumping the queue)," he said.

Motlanthe who was accompanied by his wife Gugu told reporters that the ANC will win the elections. 

'ANC is well aware that this is the last chance'

He also said the party campaigned to get a clear majority in Gauteng and a coalition is not part of the ANC's plan. 

"If it happens, we will take it up from there, but for now the ANC will win," he said.

"I think the leadership of the ANC is well aware that this is the last chance. And therefore I have no doubt in my mind that, soon after the elections, they will attend to all the weaknesses," he said. 

Former Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau, who was also at the Killarney Country Club to cast his vote, said he was confident that the ANC would emerge victorious in Gauteng. 

"We fought very hard, we've engaged with people in Gauteng and they indicated that many of them stayed away in the previous elections and they are coming back to vote for the African National Congress," Tau said. 

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