Port Elizabeth - Khoisan activist and ANC MPL, Christian Martin made his mark at the Chatty Community Hall in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
According to the IEC, 2 033 individuals were registered to vote in ward 35, and by mid-morning despite the cold and rain, 300 people had already streamed in to cast their votes.
Martin was confident that the ANC would win overwhelmingly at a national and provincial level. Martin said that the ANC had strong liberation credentials. "In 1999 there was this wave of the UDM but where is the UDM today? You get Cope, they started with nine people in Bisho and now there's one, they are not going to exist after the elections."
Martin said in South Africa people voted for popular individuals that have established struggle credentials.
"But the danger is what would happen is, lets say Bantu Holomisa tomorrow goes out of politics, that party will definitely disappear and the same with Cope. The challenge that you have is that everything is built around individual charismatic people. Same with the DA, it was based on Tony Leon, Helen Zille and now Maimane. I don't think they will get the votes they expect and Maimane will definitely go out."