Nelson Mandela to vote at home

2011-05-16 08:42

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela will cast a special vote at his Houghton home, north of Johannesburg, on Monday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.

"It is a special vote," said IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela.

Mandela, 92, is under medical supervision at home after being hospitalised in February with a respiratory infection.

Bapela said former president Thabo Mbeki also applied for a special vote. SABC radio news said he would go to a voting station in Killarney, Johannesburg, on Monday morning.

Bapela said she did not know why Mbeki would not be able to vote on election day on Wednesday.

  • saabnut - 2011-05-16 08:51

    Viva Madiba. I hope youy vote for the DA, instead of the rotting party that you ewere once proud of, with good reason.

      michaelx - 2011-05-16 09:01


      Rupesh - 2011-05-16 09:39

      He must have voted for the DA. He wants SA to get better. - 2011-05-16 10:30

      You are all delusional if you think for one second Mandela will vote da!!! He has and always will be ANC. VIVA ANC

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-16 14:34

      The Tokoloshi will come and haunt every one who voted for the ANC of that i am sure. Tokoloshi jaag jou af die gangelang hy maak jou bangelang jy skop die pispot tangelang en daar het die Tokoloshi jou gevang en as jy vir die ANC stem gaan hy jou hang.

      DoublySalmon - 2011-05-16 21:30

      Later, mostly in the 1980s, MK waged a guerrilla war against the apartheid government in which many civilians became casualties.[34] Mandela later admitted that the ANC, in its struggle against apartheid, also violated human rights, sharply criticising those in his own party who attempted to remove statements supporting this fact from the reports of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.[37] Terrorist turned voter. "Long walk to freedom", more like "Many deaths to ANC oppression".

  • beukespj - 2011-05-16 08:54

    hy is al lankal dood. Hulle wil he ons moet glo hy lewe nog.

      Rapier - 2011-05-16 09:49

      So you believe Elvis is also alive :-)

      Matt - 2011-05-16 10:48

      @ Rapier - Elvis is dead? Gosh when did that happen? LOL

      KnysnaSha - 2011-05-16 11:43

      Nice to see some people still have a sense of humor! @ Matt and @ Rapier

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-16 13:23

      Yup, madiba is dead and Bin Laden is alive and chillin with Jimmy Hoffa

  • Egg-Zachary - 2011-05-16 08:54

    Hope he votes DA!!!!

      grumpy - 2011-05-16 09:05

      perhaps that is one reason why he wants to stay quiet about his vote

      Matt - 2011-05-16 10:49

      He probably will vote ANC, even if the ANC were on a murderous rampage he'd still vote for them - heart over logic DO NOT VOTE ANC...ANYONE BUT ANC...

  • JM - 2011-05-16 08:58

    I hear from a source close to him; when he told ANC they messed up and his vote is going to the DA, they decided to let him vote at home, just in case he turns up in a DA t-shirt. Ps: I also want to vote from home, IEC... make it happen for all of us, figure it out.

      REVO - 2011-05-16 10:48


  • Matt - 2011-05-16 08:59

    Why does Mbeki need a special vote? The only "ailment" I can think of is his uncanny resemblance to Jan Smuts but with a darker skin...

      Shebeleza - 2011-05-16 09:31

      Dude, even u can apply for a special vote

      Rupesh - 2011-05-16 09:41

      bwahaha bwahaha. Never noticed that before.

      Flinger - 2011-05-16 10:06

      Only because he is also not voting for the ANC ;) - Agreed that he resebled Jan Smuts Or Thambo

      Matt - 2011-05-16 10:09

      @ Shebeleza - yes, but doesn't there have to be a reason, like being unable to leave your house, being ill or bed-ridden?

      Matt - 2011-05-16 10:50

      But even if Mbeki was voting for the AWB, why would he stay indoors to vote in secret - aren't ballots secret in any case?

      HCrouse - 2011-05-16 11:02

      Jeez, you're right! I never saw that before

      DW - 2011-05-16 11:39

      As far as I know you can arrange for a special vote if you will be out of the country on election day as well (and for some other reasons I think). Not very well advertised.

  • ? - 2011-05-16 09:04

    I thought Mandela was too ill to do anything. Why cant the SABC also go to his home and record what he has to say about all the evils plagueing the country,due to his ANC? Strange man indeed

      beukespj - 2011-05-16 09:21

      he's aldready dead. They want us to believe he is still alive.

  • Ken - 2011-05-16 09:06

    He is voting from home because if he ventures out of his property he may be a another crime stat

      Matt - 2011-05-16 10:09

      Dude, Houghton is larny... the worst that can happen is that someone throws caviar at him :-)

  • Hardtail - 2011-05-16 09:07

    nelson mandela, is voting from home, because he is a prisoner again. just like on robben island. except he is now a prisoner of his own party, the ANC.

  • sense. - 2011-05-16 09:08

    I'm sick of DA this DA that. let's wait until the 18th and see who will say the lst word.

      Paul - 2011-05-16 09:19

      truth hurts ne....

      Steen - 2011-05-16 09:44

      What truth Paul, i think Sense is making sense, lets wait for Wednesday and see who the winner will be.

      Matt - 2011-05-16 10:51

      If JZ's wives and illegitimate children all voted ANC, they'd get an outright majority :-)

  • Ndividia - 2011-05-16 09:21

    Sorry for my late application but could I please have special permission to vote in Australia. To whom can I give my address to send me the ballot papers.

      Rupesh - 2011-05-16 09:41

      Nope, only for those in SA. This is local government elections.

      Peter - 2011-05-16 10:04

      Why would you bother about local gov elections if you not in the country,

      Matt - 2011-05-16 10:52

      You can't vote for local elections from overseas... more to the point though, can you still vote for the general elections from overseas? I heard that right had been taken away, which would be shocking - "democracies" also have an overseas seat to vote for in the general elections...

      Ndividia - 2011-05-16 11:22

      Forgot to mention that I am not an expat just on a holiday. Wondering: if the mandela factor was here on holiday, would he have the previlige of a special vote. I think so!

      DW - 2011-05-16 11:41

      Too late. Special applications closed a while ago

      KnysnaSha - 2011-05-16 11:46

      There is a special vote that you can do if you are on holiday out the country but I would contact the party you would like to vote for, explain your situation and I am sure they would be happy to assist you or tell you who to contact.

  • - 2011-05-16 09:23

    After this weekend, everybody can see who Mandela is siding with. He is no better than this rotten ANC. If he was so concerned about this country, he would have intervened long ago. But money is a funny thing. It makes you loose all your values. Mandela, you suck big time. I hope you stuff up your vote.

      Rupesh - 2011-05-16 09:42

      Like you would have intervened during apartheid or your parents, grandparents, etc. You know, glass houses and all.

      AJ - 2011-05-17 04:52

      @Rupesh - comparing a man on the street with the leader of a political party and declaring they are both equally capable of enforcing change in their singular capacity is not really fair at all. I agree with anthro, if Mandela was as 'great' as people make him out to be, he would have intervened a long time ago for the good of the country. He did not.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-05-16 09:25

    I hope this good man puts the x mark on a party other than the ANC.

  • Serias - 2011-05-16 09:38

    Hehehe....two more votes for the DA, that's why they doing at home....HAHAHAHAHAHA........!!!

  • - 2011-05-16 09:46

    @Rupesh. Say what? Come again !!

  • cracklepaint - 2011-05-16 09:47

    he's voting DA

      Matt - 2011-05-16 10:53

      @ MJ84 - did your "post comment" button get stuck... dude we get the point :-) - 2011-05-16 11:09

      No, just that 9 out of 10 comments by an ANC supporter get reported. So if we post 10 of the same, got a chance to keep 1 up.

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-16 09:52

    My grandmother is a decade older than this man. She should also be able to vote in her home.

  • WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-16 10:00

    I would pay to know who they (Mandela and Mbeki) are voting for.

  • Rolie - 2011-05-16 10:00


  • Morarius - 2011-05-16 10:12

    I Guess he's going to vote DA, since they are the one's that continue his legacy!

  • - 2011-05-16 10:25

    Mandela, rather just cross yourself out while you're at it..

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-16 10:59

    Why is this news? Obviously he is going to vote at home.. i highly doubt the guy can make it from his couch to the front door.. sheesh

  • amabok - 2011-05-16 11:05

    Mandela is voting for the DA - 2011-05-16 11:17

      It is not healthy to live so far from reality... Mandela is ANC, always had been and always will be.

  • Papsak - 2011-05-16 11:11

    @Jakkals, did they apply for special vote? BTW Mandela is no hope. Now for a quiz: Who do you think Mandela voted for: 1.ANC, 2. DA 3. None of the above.

      jakkals - 2011-05-16 11:39

      No one I know had to apply. It's more of a mission to get the abled people I know to vote... I did not not you can apply for a special vote though.

  • Papsak - 2011-05-16 11:13

    Apologies accepted, jou Jakkalaas!! Next time get you facts right before getting your paws on the key board.

      jakkals - 2011-05-16 11:42

      Pre-election jitters...haha!

  • william.botha - 2011-05-16 11:22

    He told me he's voting DA :-)

  • 50something - 2011-05-16 13:04

    Go DA tata. This might be your last chance

  • Hardtalk - 2011-05-16 14:02

    I have it on good affority that even Mandela is voting for DA

      Serias - 2011-05-16 14:52

      Jip, the african ancestors visited me last night and said that Madiba will vote for the DA because the tokoloshe turned into Malema after drinking some Zimbabwean muti.....!

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