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South Africa elections 2024: Can ANC overcome challenge from Zuma, DA, EFF and others? - BBC News South Africa elections 2024: Can ANC overcome challenge from Zuma, DA, EFF and others? - BBC News
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Rafieka Williams Nomsa Maseko
BBC News, Johannesburg BBC News, Nkandla
Some voters walked away earlier in frustration from Joubert Park in Johannesburg - the biggest polling station in the country.
"They didn't get my name on the scanners. Each and every time I vote here, but today my name is not there," complained Nomvula Ziswana, aged 53. Hundreds of Jacob Zuma supporters ululated and chanted his clan names (“Nxamala!”, “Msholozi!”) as the 82-year-old former president arrived to cast his vote in his home village of Nkandla.
Johannesburg Ward councillor Ian Mzoxolo Nonkumbi admits there had been a problem with scanners and that this issue had frustrated both voters and electoral commission officials. Wearing a white T-shirt with the green and black colours of his party, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), Zuma greeted officials and then sat down in Ntolwane Primary School.
He says political parties at the voting station met briefly to resolve the issue. After his ID was checked and left thumb inked, he was given three ballot papers. He carefully looked through them, smiled and said “all is in order, I can see my face on ballot papers”.
But Ziswana, who has been living in downtown Johannesburg for more than 28 years, says she would not be returning to vote. Just nine days away from election day, Zuma was barred from standing in the election by South Africa's highest court.
"I'm sick and tired," she says. The Constitutional Court ruled that his 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court disqualified him from the race. However, his face still appears on ballot papers.
After disappearing into the polling booth, he placed all three of the ballot papers into a box and waved. He briefly interacted with his supporters before being whisked away by his bodyguards.
Zuma shocked South Africa last December by ditching the ANC and making a fresh bid for power under the banner of MK.
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