Democratic Alliance Leader Mmusi Maimane reacts after casting his vote in the 2019 Election on 8 May.
JOHANNESBURG – Voting is off to a steady start with queues at some polling stations.
After weeks of acrimonious campaigning, politicians have led the way in casting their votes early on Wednesday morning.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane has urged citizens to come out in their numbers and vote for change.
DA leader Mmusi maimane collects his voting material at a polling station in Dobsonville, Soweto, on 8 May 2019.
Maimane says voting in Soweto is an expression of hope for the future of South Africa.
“Soweto is symbolic because this is the home of many national heroes,” said Maimane who was voting in Dobsonville.
“On such a historic day, it is important to vote here in Soweto with the people of Soweto to express hope and a future for our country.
“Soweto to me represents the home of where the struggle is, now we enter into a new struggle. A struggle for jobs.”
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said more people voting for opposition parties bodes well for South Africa's democracy.
Holomisa says it helps the country move away from one-party dominance.
“I'm more worried about the instability which we are witnessing on a daily basis where people are being told not to go and vote, to what extent will that have an impact on today's voting, but if the ANC continues to lose people, it's good for democracy because automatically you are improving the checks and balances which would force them not to dominate the politics," Holomisa said.
"What we need to avoid here is not to have a one-party dominance.
“It breeds corruption as we have witnessed in the last 10 years in particular."
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa speaks to an election official at a polling station in Pretoria on voting day, 8 May 2019.
Holomisa said voters will be thinking about unemployment, corruption and the economy when they head to the polls.
"I think it's going to be a question of trust, first of all, is to say who can we trust to take South Africa forward to address issues such as unemployment and of course the issue of our faltering economy and who do we think would have a better ingredient to take us out of this quagmire," he said.
Good leader Patricia de Lille said her party is a newbie this election, so any votes it gets will be a victory.
"It's the first time that we are participating and for us, any votes or any seats that we will get will be a victory and we will represent the people of South Africa so we will be happy with any votes,” De Lille said.
“We ready to fix SA and we must never give up hope and a lot of things wrong in our country but you know we have to rise to the occasion to fix and Good has got a plan to fix that."
Good leader Patricia de Lille casts her ballot in Election 2019.
Independent polls project that the DA could get less than 50 percent of the Western Cape vote in this year’s election. Courtesy #DStv403
Former president Kgalema Motlanthe says the right to vote came at a high price.
Motlanthe made his mark in Killarney, Johannesburg.
Former President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks to journalists before he votes in Killarney, Johannesburg, on 8 May 2019.
Former President Kgalema Motlanthe chats to the media moments before he casts his vote. Courtesy #DStv403
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema cast his vote in his home township of Seshego in Polokwane.
Malema said his party has done everything humanly possible to win the election.
“We have now voted and once the stations are closed, the waiting period starts,” Malema told media.
“So we will wait and South Africans will tell us.”