How South Africa's politicians spent the day before the 2019 elections

How South Africa's politicians spent the day before the 2019 elections

Tomorrow millions of South Africans will have their say in who leads our country for the next few years, and the election fever is tangible. With just hours to go before voting stations open, here is how the nation's top politicians spent the day.

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Wednesday morning at 7am the doors to voting stations around the country will swing open and South Africans will hand-pick our leaders.

The road to this election has been a long and winding one, with numerous bumps in the road along the way. State capture, Eskom and Bosasa are just a few of the scandals that have shaken the core of the country time and time again.

The tension is high in Mzansi and citizens are after one thing and one thing only - change. The ANC, DA and EFF have all spent the last few months doing their utmost to convince voters that they are the answer to that call.

Here is how the top politicians spent the last few moments before the votes start to be tallied and SA's fate is sealed for the next term in Parliament:

1. President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa spent the day campaigning in Vosloorus, a township in Gauteng, currently a Democratic Alliance stronghold and the province that is the most-contested for this election.

Situated south of Boksburg, the settlement was established in 1963 when black Africans were evicted from Stirtonville because the apartheid government deemed it too close to a white town.

In a post to the ANC's official Twitter page, a short clip showed a cheering crowd watching the president reach out to pick up a small girl in her school uniform, a light-hearted contrast to the grim roots of the township.

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2. Business as usual for Maimane

The nation's official opposition party unleashed Mmusi Maimane on KwaZulu-Natal, where he was his usual intense and to-the-point self.

The Democratic Alliance leader commented on the unrest in the area, saying that the ANC stronghold could do with a change of leadership:

"KwaZulu-Natal could do with a new government. We need to pray for South Africa. We want a peaceful election tomorrow without any violence. These political killings here in KZN have no place in our country." reported earlier that the recent violence in the area had caused Minister Bheki Cele to reinforce security in the region, deploying the SANDF to protect voting stations.

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During his address, Maimane promised that his party would provide housing vouchers worth R130 000 to citizens to build their own homes. The DA leader pledged that citizens would live in clean neighborhoods where service delivery ran smoothly.

3. No CIC in sight for the EFF

While other leaders were sure to remain visible, the usually bustling Julius Malema seemed to have kept a low profile for the day.

This might not be too much of a surprise, with the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters' leader having recently lost his beloved grandmother at a time when the spotlight has been trained on both him and his party.

Instead, the EFF showcased party chair Dali Mpofu casting his vote in Gauteng during special voting.

Secretary General Gardee Godrich made an appearance in Kamagugu this morning, where he too cast his vote at a primary school the the Mbombela Municipality.

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