Prisoners countrywide also cast their ballots on Wednesday, with Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Facility in Pretoria having the largest chunk of voters.
11 thousand inmates were registered to vote at 240 prisons.
Correctional Services minister, Michael Masutha, emphasised that the country’s policies and laws make provision for all South Africans to vote, even if they’re incarcerated.
Justice minister Michael Masutha explains why inmates vote.#SADecides pic.twitter.com/lJpawPCsdJ
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) May 8, 2019
Voting went on smoothly without any glitches at the Johannesburg Correctional Centre, commonly known as Sun City. All registered inmates were able to exercise their constitutional right to vote. pic.twitter.com/kNbR1QXAOg
— Advocate Michael Masutha (@AdvocateMasutha) May 8, 2019
Voting at the East London Maximum Security Correctional Facility took place under the watchful eye of party agents.
Warders and Electoral Commission (IEC) officials ensured voting proceeded smoothly.
The low registration figure has been attributed to the fact that many inmates leave their ID books with their families for safekeeping.
Others say they cannot afford the R140 fee required to apply for a second ID.
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