Johannesburg - International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, was one of the first people to cast their special votes on Monday ahead of the national elections on Wednesday.
Sisulu was among a list of more than 770 000 people who applied for special votes - the number included the sick, infirmed and elderly who are allowed special privileges to cast their votes. As for Sisulu - aged 65 - she applied for a special votes as her party - the ANC - has deployed her to KwaZulu-Natal to monitor elections there.
Sisulu arrived at her traditional voting station at Linden High School in Linden, just before 3pm to cast her. Carrying her elegant red bag, she complied with the Electoral Commission (IEC) requirements. Without being asked to do so, she pulled out her green bar-coded ID and handed it over to one of the officers.
She was then given to ballot papers - one for national and other provincial. In less than five minutes - she had completed the process and inserted her ballot papers in the box.
Addressing the media outside the voting station, she said: “This is where I voted since 1994. I would always bring my mother (Albertina Sisulu) to the same station to cast our votes,” Sisulu said.