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In pictures — a thumbs-up to South Africans’ passion for making their mark

In pictures — a thumbs-up to South Africans’ passion for making their mark
‘I stood in a very long queue this evening to cast my vote. Loved how the shadows of the voters in the queue were cast over the mural on the wall.’ – Constantia Primary, Cape Town. (Photo: Lauren Rautenbach)

We asked our readers to send in their voting day photos – and they did not disappoint. These images, selected by our newsroom, tell the story of a nation committed to democracy. Some voters braved long queues, others had breathtaking views, and the triumphant selfies with inked fingers tell their own story. But South Africans young and old, across the country and beyond, came out in their masses to vote, showing civic pride and unity.


‘My son, a first-time voter who has lived most of his life abroad, cast his vote. I burst out in tears witnessing freedom for him.’ – Maputo, Mozambique. (Photo: Samvea Olkers)


‘Special vote from home, wouldn’t miss it even with an injured leg. #ResponsibleCitizen. #ProudlySouthAfrican.’ (Photo: Noluthando Dlova)

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‘Elisabet Mahlangu, born in 1939, and Daniel Mahlangu, born in 1940, of Boschkop.’ – Boschkop, Pretoria. (Photo: Petro Grobler)

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‘On the way to the voting station we picked up voting hikers.’ – Wachtenbietjieskop, Bronkhorstspruit. (Photo: LP Louw)

And a very special picture in this essay is of possibly the oldest voter in South Africa. ‘My mom Bessie Keet at 104.’ – Montana, Pretoria. (Photo: Ilse Lombard)

‘Got in early.’ – Schotsche Kloof Primary School, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. (Photo: Donnet Dumas)

Done! Early voting in KSA.’ – Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Claire du Trevou)

‘My view while waiting to vote.’ – Van Reenen, KwaZulu-Natal. (Photo: Cilla Dowse)

‘We still believe in a rainbow nation.’ – Johannesburg. (Photo: Catharina Clark)


‘Rosendal and Mautse, voting in the village.’ – Rosendal, Free State. (Photo: Aryn Guiney)

This story first appeared in our weekly Daily Maverick 168 newspaper, which is available countrywide for R35.


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