LIVE: Election Day 2014

Millions of South Africans have gone to the polls on Wednesday after months of campaigning by political parties.

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“I hear almost 100 have been arrested so far for taking selfies? But guys they DID say Do Not do it O.o #PeopleDontListenThough #VotingDay” - Mishumo Mathivha

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16:14Supporters of all major parties voted at a polling station right outside Lanseria Airport this afternoon. Watch what they had to say.

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16:11 - There were no hotspots or problems reported in KwaZulu-Natal midway through election day, a provincial IEC official said.

"Generally, things are going very well," the IEC's provincial spokesperson Thabani Ngwira said from Durban. - Sapa

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16:02 - Krugersdorp youth expressed mixed feelings over voting in South Africa's fifth democratic elections on Wednesday. Vuyo Dike, 20, was not going to vote because he was not sure his mark would be repaid with better service delivery.

"I feel that you're not assured that your vote will be returned with development. Parties win but don't focus on service delivery," he said. - Sapa

16:02 - Sapa reported a lowvoter turnout was low in most of Limpopo by mid-afternoon on Wednesday, a provincial ANC official said. They urged people to come out and vote.

"We have learnt through our party agents that voter turnout is low in most parts of the province," ANC provincial spokesperson Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said.

15:58 - There were some sporadic election day protests but police had the situation under control, national police chief Riah Phiyega said on Wednesday.

"We had to respond to some of the emerging areas we had not scoped yesterday [Tuesday]. We saw the emergence of something in Maruleng in Tzaneen where there were clashes for a particular matter," she said at the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) results centre in Pretoria. - Sapa

15:56 - ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela caused a stir when she visited a polling station in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg.

People of all ages surrounded her as she walked the streets. Women ululated and chanted her name.

She waved and shook hands of some in the crowd before leaving.
She did not speak to the media as she was still in mourning after her former husband Nelson Mandela died in December. - Sapa

15:54 - Sapa reported that more than 1 000 ballot papers were missing from a voting station in East London.

EFF provincial leader in the Eastern Cape, Themba Wele, said the Economic Freedom Fighters had lodged an official complaint with the Electoral Commission's provincial operations centre after ballot papers were missing from St Anne's Primary School in Southernwood.

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“My vote is my power #Elections2014 #ElectionDay” - Hlayisani Nukeri

15:51 - Budding entrepreneur Lebo Koena seized the opportunity on election day to make some extra money by selling boerewors rolls and cold drinks to voters in Johannesburg North.

Koena, 24, placed a braai across the road from a voting station at Cooper College and cooked meat, enticing people standing in the queue only metres away.

"I'm just selling boerewors rolls and refreshments for the masses out here waiting in line to vote," said Koena. – Sapa

15:49 - While long queues snaked around voting stations in Kroonstad, many women and children in the area spent the day in a search for water, SABC news reported. Election day marked the third in which Maokeng has gone without water. As people carried large plastic containers and empty bottles to a municipal truck in the township, Boitumelo Hospital in the area said an army base would supply water. – Sapa

15:48“Loved casting my vote #VotingDay #VoteSA” – Steffy Katherine G

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15:29 - A man threatened to burn down a Cape Town school polling station when told he could not use his passport as identification to vote on Wednesday.

Alfreda Bekkers, presiding official at the Holy Cross Sisters School polling station in Bellville, told Sapa the voter threatened to torch the school unless he was allowed to use his passport.

She and other officials managed to calm him down, and he went home and returned with his ID book, she said.

In another incident, an elderly voter mistakenly voted for a party he did not want to vote for, and was allowed a second chance.

The elderly were permitted to jump the queue to the front on request.

- Sapa

15:25 - “Voted and glad I did. Impressed by the efficiency and friendliness of the IEC staff. Well done,” Geoff Feldon

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15:19 -  In the Western Cape an IEC official or ANC Party Agent with ANC t-shirt spotted on ENCA verifying voters on a table draped with ANC regalia, says Election Spotter in Gauteng.

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15:00 - Sapa writes: ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela caused a stir when she visited a polling station in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

People of all ages surrounded her as she walked the streets. Women ululated and chanted her name.

She waved and shook hands of some in the crowd before leaving. She did not speak to the media as she was still in mourning after he former husband Nelson Mandela died in December.

Queues were getting shorter at many of the voting stations as the day went on. At the Development Hub station, there were more party volunteers than voters by 14:30.

There was still a heavy police presence with police cars patrolling the streets while others were parked at the stations.

Bekkersdal has been the scene of several violent protests the past few months.

Democratic Alliance Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane, who also visited the township on Wednesday, urged voters not to stay away.

"We need more people to come out and vote," he told reporters.

"We have to vote for change. We have one opportunity to bring change and we must use it."

Maimane, dressed in a blue DA shirt and jeans, also spoke to children as he greeted party agents.

He said political parties had a duty to encourage as many people as possible to cast their votes.

"We have to urge South Africans to come out," he said.

He said he was happy with how the Bekkersdal area was being managed following the burning of two voting tents on Tuesday.

All voting stations in the area were operational.

14:57 - More than 1 000 ballot papers were missing from a voting station in East London, an EFF official said.

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14:33 - "My voting experience in the past has been painful. Rude IEC officials, problems with ballot papers, queues that stayed motionless for long periods of time and party officials that won't leave you alone. This year I was surprised. The IEC staff were respectful and helpful. A quality lacking in many sectors across the country. The queue moved fast and they made an effort to ensure things ran smoothly and at the same time created a positive vibe," says News24 user Deon Claassen in the Free State. 

Voters queue at the University of the Free State (photo from News24 user Makhele Moses Mpanyane Chris):

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14:16 - The IEC has clarified: "Voters with nail polish or artificial nails can't be prevented from voting. Please ask for the Presiding Officer if there's an issue."

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13:58 - News24 users voting in Mpumalanga seem be having a relatively smooth experience with many saying they stood in queues for 5-10 minutes.

If you're in the province, let us know about your experience.

Phillip Oosthuizen in Mpumalanga sent us this photo of a queue at one of the voting stations:

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13:53 - Ahead of Marius Fransman’s arrival at the Dutch Reformed Church in Kuils River where he cast his vote, a 21-member band, who called themselves the Pennysylvanians, entertained a long queue of voters that stretched from the polling station and round the church.

Wearing ANC T-shirts, the musicians stood in a circle on the edge of the church square, in front of His Kingdom Dance School, playing tunes such as "Eye of the Tiger".

One of them, a stout woman with a green doek on her head, wore a blue bag emblazoned with a large Union Jack - the national flag of the United Kingdom - over her shoulder.

ANC and DA supporters danced together in the square in front of the many media cameras.

Fransman did not take his place in the long queue, but proceeded straight into the voting station to cast his ballot.

"Why does he get to go straight in while the rest of us stand in line?" asked one elderly man near the entrance.

No-one answered his question. - Sapa

13:28 - South Africans posted pictures and declared their excitement at casting their votes in the general election on Facebook on Wednesday.

Pictures ranged from ink fingerprints on thumbnails to long winding queues and the dropping of marked papers into ballot boxes.

Paul Godwin on his Facebook page says: "Mission accomplished".

His status is accompanied by a picture of a white hat with the words "Your vote can make history".

Sebrena Sodolay said: "two hour wait... and all done by 08h30!!!#Elections2014".

Her status was accompanied by a picture of her inked thumbnail.

Earlier, she wrote a different status. It said: "Voting queue... perfect time to finish that scarf you've been knitting while having a chat."

Below the comment is a picture of a woman sitting on a chair in a queue at a voting station, while casually knitting and talking to people.

Tracey-Jane Lucien on her Facebook page said: "Getting our free voters coffee" at Wimpy in La Lucia Mall, KwaZulu-Natal.

Another one, Nipho Wagwaza, said: "first time voting in all my 30 odd years... still in bed though."

Gilda Narsimdas remarked: "Voting done! Hope you're all out there making your mark."

Her comment was accompanied by a picture of her inked thumbnail.

Zukile Majova made it clear on his page that he did not want to vote.

He put up a picture of his bare thumbnail, saying: "Sorry this thumb ain't getting no ink! I refuse 2 actively participate in a system designed to allow thugs 2 continue looting taxpayers monies."

13:23 - Excited young voters. Send us your photos.

13:19 - Sapa reports: University students living outside of Pretoria and unable to vote in their home towns turned out in numbers to vote on Wednesday at Elim Gospel Church, in Hatfield.

Less than a kilometre away from the University of Pretoria's main campus, Hannes Nienaber, 20, cast his first-ever vote, explaining that he was unable to travel home to Bloemfontein to make his mark.

"I live in a commune with three friends," he said.

"My family live in Bloem, [I] lived there for 18 years before coming to Pretoria to study law."
Nienaber openly admitted to voting for the Freedom Front Plus, who he believes have done the best to convince him to give them his vote.

"FF Plus is a good party. I like what they stand for and I am happy with my vote," he said.

"I don't mind admitting that I voted FF Plus because I am proud."

With the rest of the day to do what he liked, Nienaber was at pains to reveal that he would be heading straight back to his commune, where he would be studying for a family law exam on Friday.

"Not great hey, but at least I don't have classes today.

"My friends are all out having a braai but I have to stay at home, next time man."

13:17 - "Carnival atmosphere in Henley on Klip, food stalls, jumping castle even a stilt walker making balloon animals for the kids. IEC staff friendly & efficient. Took about 45 minutes," says a News24 user in Gauteng, Tony.

13:13 - People line up to vote in Khayelitsha. (Patric Solomons, Facebook)

13:01 -  A voting station in the Western Cape. (Rodger Bosch, AFP)

13:01 - A woman was hit by a car while waiting outside a voting station in Villiersdorp in the Western Cape on Wednesday.

A crowd gathered around the woman, who was wearing an ANC t-shirt.

She did not appear to be seriously injured and talked to a friend as paramedics attended to her.

The accident happened on Buitenkant street. Police blocked off the road and dispersed the crowd.

The driver of the car appeared quite worried and rushed to help the woman, but her friends ushered him away and stayed with her until the paramedics arrived.

The woman was taken to a local hospital. - Sapa

12:58 - "Media freezy around Winnie Madikizela-Mandela voting at a school in Orland West, shows the Mandela magic has lost none of its sparkle," tweets the UK Telegraph's Aislinn Laing.

12:53 - Sapa reports: A total of 2 449 voting stations experienced delays in opening on Wednesday for the country's fifth democratic elections, the IEC said.

This was 11% of the 22 263 voting stations and meant South Africans had to wait a little longer to vote while the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) fixed various problems.

Speaking at the results centre in Pretoria, chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya said staff arrived late, voting materials were delivered late, and buildings designated as polling stations were locked.

By 09:00, 95% of stations were open and by 11:00 the last were operating.

While Moepya said voting was proceeding "smoothly, peacefully, and briskly", tensions had to be calmed in certain areas in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Strong security measures were implemented at voting stations in a township in Springs, and in Bekkersdal, where there had been arson attacks; as well as in a Cape Town township and gang-plagued Manenberg on the Cape Flats.

Military vehicles were deployed to Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, following ANC faction-fighting in recent weeks.

At the Evergreen informal settlement in Springs, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele urged residents to allow delayed voting to go ahead. Some in the crowd swore at Cwele and shouted "The police will shit themselves today".

One young resident told a Sapa journalist "Those who vote, we are going to find them at night".

Military and police officials patrolled Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, where two IEC tents were set on fire on Tuesday night. A police helicopter circled above.

IEC Western Cape electoral officer Courtney Sampson said that at a voting station in Barcelona, Gugulethu, a mediation team was sent in to resolve a community dispute.

In Seshego, Limpopo, IEC officials and police had to intervene in a verbal altercation between Economic Freedom Fighters and African National Congress supporters at the Mponegele Primary School. EFF supporters accused the ANC of lobbying for votes by handing out T-shirts.

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12:39 - Have you already voted? How long were you in the queue? Report the time here.

12:37 - The SA Communist Party's Numbi branch secretary, Vusi Sibiya, says SACP members will continue to wear their red T-shirts for as long as the ANC members wear a red beret.

This follows concerns by the local ANC branch, also in Numbi, near Hazyview, Mpumalanga, that voters will confuse the SACP's red T-shirts with the EFF when they vote on Wednesday.

"We heard an argument by the ANC that we must take off our SACP T-shirts because voters will not recognise the ANC. They will think we are Economic Freedom Fighters," said Sibiya.

He said if voters could distinguish the ANC's red beret from the EFF's red beret, then they shouldn't have difficulty with the T-shirts, a Sapa correspondent reported.

"Earlier in the morning, grannies were asking us where they can get our T-shirt because they love it. That shows that they know us," he said.

The ANC's Numbi branch secretary, Mduduzi Ngomane, said it was just a suggestion that SACP members not wear their red T-shirts. He said the matter had since been resolved.

"The situation has been solved. We didn't have a problem, we just wanted to be recognised by voters," said Ngomane.

The SACP is a member of the Tripartite Alliance that includes the ANC and Congress of South African Trade Unions. Cosatu and SACP members are usually expected to vote for the ANC.

Co-ordinator of the EFF's Numbi branch, Oliver Vilane, says it's not surprising that the elderly support the ANC.

"In terms of the gogos (grannies) (the ANC) will win, but we will get the youth votes," he said.

He added that the ANC is using transport to fetch voters from their homes.

"It is obvious that they will vote ANC," said Vilane. - Sapa

12:34 - Sapa writes: Queues at the Quellerina NG Kerk voting station on the West Rand extended out the gate and into the road on Wednesday.

Barely two kilometres away, at the Zoe Ministries polling station, voters were able to stroll in and vote without having to wait in queues at around 11:00.

Elsa Benecke and her husband Bill, who runs his own handyman business, expressed their delight at how quickly and smoothly the process of voting went at the Zoe Ministries polling station.

"It was absolutely painless," the Beneckes said.

Elsa was supported by crutches, which her husband said they opted to bring in case they had to queue for a long time.

These fears proved to have been unfounded.

Living nearby, they said that the voting station at the NG Kerk, which is on Lange Avenue, was generally busier than the Zoe Ministries one, located in a quiet cul-de-sac.

Elsa said she believed it was important to vote.

"I think it's going to make a difference to the outcome, the ANC might lose a bit of support."

The presiding officer at the Zoe Ministries polling station, who asked not to be named, said voting got off to a smooth start and that around 300 people had already cast their votes there by 11:15.

A 31-year-old sociologist, who declined to give her name, said she was pleased with the voting station.

She voiced her concern, however, that the boxes for national and provincial votes could easily have been confused.

"Perhaps someone should have told us that we need to separate our ballots, one in the national and one in the provincial, because I nearly put them (both ballot papers) in the first box I saw."

"Would votes mistakenly put in the wrong box would be counted properly?" she asked.

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12:00 -  The rainy weather in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape did not deter people from voting on Wednesday.
"I was there at 08:00... I finished 20 minutes later," said a voter who made his mark at Greenwood Primary School.

He did not want to be named.

"It was well controlled. There were not many people in the line at that stage.

"Although it was raining, the voting station was well controlled and it went really smoothly."

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11:51 -  "At izvxibongolwetu primary school in Phillipi, Cape Town," Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele "bust" an IEC official with ballot papers. The party said the incident happened about 30 minutes ago.


11:47 - "IEC Voting Station District No. 22080147, Portion 1 of the farm Leeuwvlei No. 593, Bainsvlei, Bloemfontein is still not open. We were there at about 9:20 and the locals told us that the IEC will only be there at 13:00 - 14:00," Neil tells us.

Are you having similar issues in your area? Let us know.

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11:39 - Some ANC volunteers say they're being intimidated while ferrying voters to polling stations in party branded cars, tweets PowerFM.

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11:32 - By 09:00 on Wednesday morning 95% of voting stations were running, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said.

"As at 10:00 today voting is proceeding smoothly, peacefully and briskly," chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya told reporters at the IEC result centre in Pretoria.

"As of 11:00 the final handful which had experienced delays were running."

He said delays had been caused by a number of logistical and staffing issues.

These included the late arrival of staff, late delivery of voting material and delays in access to voting stations because buildings were locked.

11:28 - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu casts his vote in Cape Town:

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11:17 - News24 users in the North West seem to be having few issues, only a few queues that are a little long. Read more here.

11:08 - The IEC is giving a briefing at its headquarters in Pretoria about how everything has been thus far. There have been some issues at polling stations around the country (such as a voting station in Bekkersdal that was torched).

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10:48 - First-time voters in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, on Wednesday were looking forward to voting and making a difference in the country.

"I'm happy about voting for the first time because I feel that my vote will make a difference," said 20-year-old Siya Ntselemane.

Another first-time voter, Kgaogelo Machakela, 22, said he hoped his vote would lead to change. He said although he had not decided who to vote for, his cross would not go to the ANC.

"The ANC is not doing anything for us. I have not decided who I'm voting for, but I will not vote for the ANC," he said.

Machakela said he wanted to see the creation of more jobs and people not depending on grants.
Ntselemane echoed the sentiments but said he knew who would get his vote.

"I'm going to vote for the DA [Democratic Alliance]. It appears she [Helen Zille] will bring better service delivery to our area," he said.

Nineteen-year-old Odwa Molweni also expressed faith in Zille's leadership.

He said it was time to give other political parties a chance.

The turnout of youth at many of the voting stations in the township was extremely low but the Electoral Commission of SA said it was optimistic the numbers would pick up as the day went on.

Earlier in the morning, IEC provincial electoral officer Masego Sheburi said: "It is a concern, but it is still early days. We are hoping the youth will come out later in the day."

Sheburi said they would have preferred people going to vote early in the morning. He praised the spirit and resilience of the elderly following the torching of the voting station tent.

"They have been here since before break of dawn even before we had a structure. They were still standing here and saying they are going to vote and would wait for as long as it takes to establish your voting station," he said.

Sheburi said the torching of their tent put a dampener on proceedings but they were expecting a high voter turnout in the area.

"We pitched our tent yesterday to ensure we could start on time but because our tent was burnt, it means we started late. But all stations are operational now," he said.

There was a heavy police presence in the area with at least 10 police vehicles and a military truck parked at the station. A police helicopter was flying over the area. More police and military vehicles were parked at the entrance to the township while others were patrolling the streets. - Sapa

10:38 - Ramaphosa votes in Chiawelo...

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa voted at Hitekani Primary School in Chiawelo, Soweto, on Wednesday morning.

"I am feeling very happy that I have voted in the neighbourhood where I grew up," he told reporters afterwards.

He was confident he voted for a party that would take South Africa forward.

Ramaphosa was accompanied by City of Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau, both wearing African National Congress branded golf shirts.

He said he was confident that millions of other voters would vote for the party he voted for.
Ramaphosa voted in the full view of the cameras.

He greeted all waiting voters, shaking their hands before asking them to allow him to vote first because he had somewhere to go.

10:33 - Zille ditches party colours for voting...

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille ditched her party's blue and white colours on Wednesday in favour of purple.

The decision to do so was deliberate, her PA Janine Schouw told Sapa.

"It makes her stand out more... and it will look good on camera," she said.

Earlier, Zille arrived at St Paul's Church in Rondebosch, Cape Town, to cast her vote wearing a long purple coat over a purple top and black skirt, with matching purple high-heel shoes and a purple necklace.

She was accompanied by her husband Johann Maree, who was more casually dressed.
Schouw said Zille was coming to the polls "as a normal South African voter".

10:19 - President Jacob Zuma has cast his vote and dropped his ballot into the ballot box, followed by a loud applause.

10:12 - "President Jacob Zuma has arrived at Ntolwane Primary School in Nkandla to cast his vote," say reporters.

10:02 - State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele arrived at Evergreen Informal Settlement in Springs on the East Rand on Wednesday where voting had not started by 09:30.

He arrived as Word of God church Pastor Mandla Mdluli was seeking assurance from an Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) official that the church would be reimbursed if their tent, which the IEC wanted to use, was burnt down or damaged.

Mdluli and Cweli held a private meeting over Mdluli's concerns.

The church's tent was pitched among the shacks that make up the settlement east of Johannesburg.

It was not immediately clear why the IEC could not erect its own tent or why these concerns had not been addressed sooner.

Mdluli wanted an undertaking from the IEC that it would cover costs if the church's tent was torched.

On Monday, a Transnet building in the neighbouring Gugulethu settlement was torched by protesters and 46 people later arrested for public violence.

Meanwhile, people waited in a queue, ready to vote.

Mdluli said people should be able to vote freely and without fear of intimidation.

A stone's throw from the voting station a group of about 50 young people earlier stood on the corner shouting at people going to the voting stations to not vote.

One of the youngsters on the corner, giving only his first name Sipho said: "We are not voting. Those who vote, we are going to find them at night."

There was a strong police presence with Nyala police vehicles driving around and a police helicopter circling overhead.

Cwele had come from visiting Bekkersdal earlier in the day, after it was identified by police as a potential hotspot.

9:57 - Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has surprised voters by shouting "Good morning citizens" when she arrived to vote in Cape Town. Read more here.

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9:49 - Voters queue at Noordskool Polokwane:

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9:23 - Sapa reports: There was a strong police presence in Manenberg, Cape Town, as residents streamed to voting stations to cast their ballots.

Uniformed and plain clothes officers patrolled the area around voting stations to ensure voting was not disrupted.

The area was relatively quiet except for the sound of conversations taking place in the queues that formed outside the polling stations.

Political parties set up their tables and mini-marquees a safe distance away from the voting activity.

The colours of the African National Congress, the Democratic Alliance and new kids on the block - the Patriotic Alliance (PA) - were clearly visible to the voting public at the Manenberg Community centre.

PA founder Gayton Mckenzie was expected to cast his ballot at this voting station.

McKenzie, a self-confessed former gangster, had previously stated that one of the motivations for forming the party was the gang violence in Manenberg which reached boiling point last year and claimed many lives.

McKenzie won't wait long to cast his ballot after problems at the Manenberg community centre voting site were resolved, resulting in shorter queues than experienced earlier in the morning.

Voting was delayed for 45 minutes.

"The only hold-up is the ballot boxes. We are still waiting for them to arrive," said presiding officer Trevor Fortuin, explaining the delay.

Forty-year-old Sedick Abrahams was first in line at 05:45 and had to wait two hours to make his cross.

"I'm disappointed by the delay, but what can you do? You must just vote," Abrahams said.

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9:03 - Unlike Helen Zille, Sylvia Lucas isn't one for queuing. Apparently.

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8:51- Sapa reports: Residents in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg queued at polling stations across the township to cast their votes on Wednesday.

The queues started to become longer after 8am, an hour after voting started. They brought portable chairs, food, water and chatted to each other as they waited in the queue.

Vetkoek, porridge and coffee was the preferred breakfast at a voting station along Florence Mophosho Street.

First time voter, Dumisani Mbokani, 21, leaned against a wall with earphones tucked in his ears.

"I am still not sure which party I am going to vote for. I will see and decide once I have the ballot paper in my hands," he said.

At a church on Eleventh Avenue, staff separated pensioners from other voters.

The process was meant to make sure the queues moved swiftly, one staff member told voters.

8:47 - News24 user Bongza tells us: "Inadaquate stuff - some IEC members wearing berrets of ANC."

How are things looking in your area? Send News24 your tip-offs.

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8:32 - Zille addresses the media in Rondebosch, Cape Town:

8:26 - A queue at a voting station in the Eastern Cape:

8:23 - Voter in the Northern Cape, Radebe Mbala shows his inked finger:

8:17 - News24 user in the Eastern Cape, Jules: "Beacon Bay, long queue...who knew there were that many people in East London! Slow moving..." 

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8:07 - Sapa reports: Voting has begun at St Paul's Church after a 40-minute delay at the polling station in Rondebosch, Cape Town, on Wednesday.

The queue at the church, where Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille was set to cast her vote at 08:00, was over 200 people long.

The presiding officer of the polling station, at a building on the grounds of St Paul's Church, was overheard saying that she had phoned her supervisor to get a replacement ballot box.

Voter Dr Helen Crichton said she had to go on duty at a nearby hospital at 08:00 and remonstrated with the presiding officer, who told her that there was a "problem with the ballot box".

A DA official said there was only one functional ballot box at present.

8:02 - Roy McKenzie tweets from a station in Sea Point, Cape Town: "Election observers just arrived and chatted to cops in full gear. Seems at odds with very orderly queue."

8:01 - No officials were on the scene and no polling station appeared to have been set up by 07:30am for prisoners at Witbank Correction Centre in Mpumalanga on Wednesday.

"We are waiting for the IEC officials," one of four policeman stationed outside the gate told Sapa.

Orange-clad prisoners were seen milling about behind a mesh fence.

By 07:45, a car bearing a poster of Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema arrived at the main entrance of the prison and dropped off two men.

One of them was dressed in a signature EFF beret and carried a large poster, bearing a picture of Malema's face.

"Posters aren't permitted inside," a prison guard told the EFF members.
"Viva EFF," one prison guard said.

One prison warder still seemed unsure of the voting procedure.

"Will I be able to vote here as well?" he asked a Sapa journalist.

Polling stations for the fifth general elections have been scheduled to open at 07:00. They would operate until 21:00. - Sapa

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7:50 - The IEC has tweeted: "Pls report voting stations that aren't yet open to Pls include station name, municipality and province."

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7:40 - An eNCA reporter in Marikana, North West says a voting station there hasn't opened yet. There's a massive queue behind him. News24 user, Charles Cotter, in the Western Cape says the station at Akasia Town Hall is also not open and there's no word from IEC officials as to why. 

7:38 - News24 staffer, Roy McKenzie, in Cape Town tweets: "Minibus taxi driver pulls up alongside mostly white voters lining up in Sea Point & jokingly asks who's voting ANC."

7:36 - Lots of reports of stations not open or ballot boxes not delivered (how was this not organised at least by yesterday?) but some do look well planned:

7:29 - About 150 people queued at the Christian Missionary Church in Grabouw in the Western Cape to cast their vote on Wednesday.
The longest line was at the ANC supporters' desk.
Charles November, a councillor at the Theewaterskloof Municipality said it "felt like 1994 again".
Cars hooted as they drove past and more voters continued to stream in.
South Africa's first democratic non racial election was held in 1994.

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7:24 - 

7:23 - Sapa reports: A voting station at Universitas Primary School in Bloemfontein opened on time on Wednesday with voters already forming a line.

Voters at the front of the queue were sitting comfortably in their camping chairs, awaiting their turn to vote.

At Oranje Meisieskool, voters were in a jovial mood in a queue that began forming by 06:00.
The early risers brought along flasks of coffee and sandwiches.

7:16 - 

7:15 - A News24 user in Gauteng says: "Panorama, Honeydew very unorganized nothing has started, the IEC are confused and changed queues after people have been waiting for 2 hours and are now at the back of the queue."

7:12 - We're getting LOTS of reports of delays at voting stations. A News24 staff member says there are no ballot boxes at a station in Panorama in the Western Cape.

7:04 - 


6:56 - The queue at Panarama Primary school in Weltevreden Park is already about 600m long. 5 minutes to go, says News24 user Glenn Norton.

6:54 - Six minutes before polling stations open. Are you in a queue?Send us your photos

6:49 -  HAVE SOMETHING TO REPORT? Share reports of elections incidents or smooth queues here.

6:36 - The DA's James Selfe tells eNCA the Electoral Court's ruling on its SMS regarding Nkandla is "odd". Says the court is limiting a right that is guaranteed in the Constitution (that of freedom of speech).

The ruling regards an SMS the DA sent out to 1.5m voters saying that President Jacob Zuma stole taxpayers' money to pay for Nkandla upgrades.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu says the DA tried to "steal" the elections.

What do you think of the ruling? Send us your thoughts

6:30 - 

6:22 - People line up in the North West to vote:

6:20 - People are still queuing despite the earlier violence in Bekkersdal.

6:18 - 

6:16 - The IEC's National Results Operations Centre has been set up at a cost of R12m.

6:15 - EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to cast his vote later on Wednesday morning at his former primary school in Limpopo, tweets EWN.

6:08 - Already reports of violence. In Bekkersdal. "IEC officials say they will erect 3 more voting stations in Bekkersdaal by 06:00," tweets Leanne Manas.

6:01 - Voting stations open at 07:00 but the SABC reports that voters at stations around the country started queuing at 03:00.

HAVE SOMETHING TO REPORT? Share reports of elections incidents or smooth queues here.

5:58 - Aww, thanks, Google!

This is how it all ended in the last election. The green shows where the ANC won and the blue where the DA won.

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