EFF leader Julius Malema thanked South Africans for sending messages of support to his family following the death of his grandmother, Sarah Malema, last week. Malema told journalists on Wednesday that she would have loved to have been present on voting day. “It was always exciting for me to be accompanied by my grandmother when conducting important things, and voting is one of those important things, so we would be together,” said Malema. Malema cast his vote at Mponegele Primary School in Seshego, Polokwane. It was the first time he voted without his grandmother by his side.

The EFF leader arrived at the voting station shortly after 10am, flanked by his wife Mantwa Matlala-Malema.  The Malemas found the queue with just 10 people in front of them — an improvement from an hour earlier, when 90 people had been waiting in line. Mantwa cast her vote first before Malema proceeded to the ballot box to vote for his party, telling those present that "My vote is not a secret".

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