- Cyril Ramaphosa will be voting in Chiawelo, Soweto today
- The president is expected to head to the polls at 11am
- He has called on other South Africans to do the same and exercise their democratic right
President Cyril Ramaphosa and First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe are to vote at 11am in Soweto.
They will cast their ballots at Hitekani Primary School in Chiawelo.
Chiawelo is where the president spent much of his childhood.
Ahead of the vote, Ramaphosa released a public statement in which he once again urged South Africans to head to the polls.
"Our duty as citizens [is] to exercise our hard-won right to determine the direction in which the country moves," the message read.
The statement reiterated similar nation-building themes from Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address, according to IOL.
The president's official Twitter account has also posted information about how to vote and when polls will open and close. The Presidency has called on South Africans not to leave their voting until the last minute.
Polls opened at 7am and will close at 9pm.
Ramaphosa is not the only party leader who will vote in Soweto today. DA leader Mmusi Maimane also voted in the township.
He cast his ballot this morning in Dobsonville, where he grew up. His current family home is still in the area, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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