- Cyril Ramaphosa has cast his vote and urged citizens to do the same
- He also paid tribute to those who has made sacrifices in the struggle for democracy in South Africa
- The president said that South Africans should vote so as not to "betray" those who came before
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, have cast their votes in Chiawelo, Soweto.
In a tweet, Ramaphosa said that he had spent the morning reflecting on the first time he voted in 1994.
He also urged on other South Africans to head to the polls.
Ramaphosa cast his vote at Hitekani Primary School in Chiawelo, an area where the president spent much of his early life.
In a message on social media posted by the president's official account, he paid tribute to the "sacrifices that were made to ensure that all eligible South Africans could exercise their democratic right to vote".
He also called on citizens to vote, saying that if they did not- they would be betraying those who had made sacrifices for the right to vote.
The president also paid tribute to several other liberation movements, including SWAPO, the MPLA and Robert Mugabe's ZANU PF. He said that delegates from all these organisations wished South Africa well on election day.
Ramaphosa also thanked some pop culture figures for supporting the ANC at the ballot box. On Twitter, he gave a shout-out to to DJ Zinhle and rapper AKA.
"I hope all those that follow you are going to go out and vote," Ramaphosa told AKA. "And vote right."
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