Voting in municipal elections proceeded smoothly across South Africa on Wednesday, even in hotly contested districts, where a rising opposition party is hoping to make gains.
Some minor glitches occurred in parts of Johannesburg and in the far north, including several polling machines that did not function and one station that was damaged overnight in a fire.
Long queues were reported in some regions, but voters generally waited patiently for their turn.
Yes, I waited for almost two hours to vote, but I am so excited, I wish I could do it again,’ said Mathilde, who came with a church group to a school, converted for the day into a polling station, in northern Johannesburg. She proudly declared she had voted in every election since she gained the right in 1994, when white-minority rule, known as apartheid, was ended.