Johannesburg, May 6, 2014-With a day to go before the general elections, South Africans have been encouraged to take the process seriously.
Election observers from the Commonwealth, the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, civil society groups and other organisations have been deployed in the country.
They say South Africans should take pride in what they achieved 20 years ago.
Gabriel Smith of Liberia who is with the AU team in KwaZulu-Natal, says South Africans must take pride in the democratic system they achieved 20 years ago.
“It is good that our people in Africa, specifically South Africa has chosen a path of democracy and we hope our citizens can take pride in their achievement, transitioning from a system of apartheid into a democratic system of governance that gives voice to the masses, they can hold the elected officials accountable within this healthy process.”
“We encourage South Africans to take this process very seriously,” adds Smith.
Meanwhile, Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane says she is confident of an African National Congress (ANC) victory in Wednesday’s general election. She was speaking to reporters after casting her special vote at the Noordheuwel Country club on the West Rand.
The Premier is confident that the ANC will win the elections. “People have not seen anything Soccer City was just a demonstration of the millions of South Africans who have confidence in the ANC.”
Mokonyane urged the people of Bekkersdal and Gugulethu on the Eastrand to use their hard won right and go out and cast their vote in order to hold government to account. “Make up your right as an individual because it is an individual right not a group right,”
She appealed to employers to release worker so they can go out and vote.