Johannesburg - "I will continue to vote as long as I live," declared 89-year-old grandmother, Thokozile Mkhwanazi, from Mahangin, in rural KwaZulu-Natal.
Mkhwanazi made her remarks after she cast her vote at the Paddafontein Primary School on Wednesday. She said she joined the queue at 6am because she knows the importance of voting. The voting station was only due to open at 7am up to 9pm.
"We were living in difficult times, where your life was being controlled by someone else, we used to work at the farms without getting paid," said Mkhwanazi.
The senior voter said she started voting 25 years ago, in 1994, when South Africa experienced its first democratic elections.
"If God is still giving me a chance to live, I will never miss this chance of voting so that my grandchildren will have better lives, I don't want to go back where we come from that is why I will always vote until I die," said Mkhwanazi.