Cape Town - Ebrahim Rasool, a former Western Cape Premier and the ANC's head of elections in the province, cast his vote in Pinelands, Cape Town on Wednesday, confident that voters would give President Cyril Ramaphosa "a strong mandate".
The former South African ambassador to Washington said it was "wonderful" to be voting in the country again, and viewed the Cape Town rains as an African blessing.
Rasool said he was confident the ANC would make gains in the Western Cape.
"The ANC needed someone with a memory of some victory in the Western Cape because I think with the 10 years of defeat we started to act small, we started to apologise ... I think uniting the party is a difficult thing. The fractures have been deep over the last 10 years."
He said he was satisfied with the Western Cape ANC's election campaign and believed it showed a more coherent ANC.