Johannesburg - Kwaito musician Sbusiso Leope, known as DJ Sbu, ignored an IEC warning not to take photographs in the voting booth when he tweeted photographs of his ballot papers on Wednesday, the Sowetanlive website reported.

The original photographs were close-up shots that showed his marked national and provincial ballot papers under the hashtag #WhyiVoteANC.

However, later these images appear to have been removed as his Twitter feed showed only a photograph of an inked thumb positioned over a portion of oysters on ice with scattered lemon slices.

The same hashtag accompanied this still-life portrait.

Last Sunday, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) issued a request that people not take photographs in the ballot booth or of their papers.

“It is an offence to take and/or publish photographs which reveal a person's vote on a ballot paper,” said IEC spokeswoman Kate Bapela at the time.

She said offenders would face a fine or a stint in prison.

South Africans are voting on Wednesday in the country's fifth democratic general elections. - Sapa