Ebrahim Rasool engages with media after voting (Photo: Ethan Van Diemen, News24)
Exercising their democratic right and taking to the polls on Wednesday, former leaders in the Western Cape Patricia de Lille and Ebrahim Rasool have their sights set on challenging the DA for the province.
Both De Lille and Rasool said they were "excited" and encouraged South Africans all over the country to go out and vote.
The Blue School in Pinelands, Cape Town, was the chosen voting location for both the former mayor of Cape Town and Good party leader, and the former premier of the Western Cape and ANC provincial elections head of elections.
De Lille was the first leader to arrive, wearing a bright yellow jacket, as protection from the rainy, overcast skies of Cape Town.
Addressing members of the media, she said, after voting, that she felt ''very excited''.
"I'm joining millions of good South Africans that are headed to the polls today, and we have one thing in common, and that is we hope for a better country and a better life for our families.
"So I'm also making an appeal to the undecided voters to please go out and use your vote, because it is only by voting that we can bring about change in our country," De Lille added.
Mere minutes after De Lille had moved on to her next engagement, Rasool arrived with his wife - who he jokingly noted "is wearing a yellow headscarf today" - to cast their votes.
"I am quite excited to be voting in South Africa because the last few elections I voted at the Embassy in Washington so it's great to be here in the rain and with our people," he said.
"I am feeling very satisfied with the election campaign the ANC has put together in the Western Cape."
Echoing the sentiments of De Lille regarding the feeling of excitement, Rasool said: "It was marked by a more coherent ANC. It was marked by a returning enthusiasm from our core supporters and I think that it has been marked by a lack of hostility amongst non-traditional ANC supporters and so, all in all, I think I feel fairly excited about it."
Rasool said, "I think uniting the party is a difficult thing, the fractures have been deep over the last 10 years but I think, I use the notion of 'sufficient coherence' to mount a campaign and to centre stage the people who are with President [Cyril] Ramaphosa for renewal.''
"We've had our problems from those who fear jail, who fear being fingered in state capture and so forth but that’s the nature of things I think."
Repeating the political talking point that has been bandied about this election season by the ANC, Rasool went on to state that "I have called, on every occasion, for people to give President Ramaphosa a strong mandate so that he can wield a double-edged sword to clean up in the ANC and a reform of the economy and society in South Africa."
"I think that people have heard that and hopefully that is going to translate nationally and the Western Cape will make a contribution to President Ramaphosa’s 60% plus," he added.
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