South Africans have gone to the polls to elect provincial and national leaders.
The Southern African Development Community Electoral Observer Mission led by Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji observed the process from Hartfield Polling Station in Pretoria.
Polling stations opened at 07 hours country-wide and are expected to close at 21 hours.
And Mr. Malanji has commended the people of South Africa for carrying out peaceful campaigns without reports of incidences of violence or intimidation.
Mr. Malanji has also commended the South African government and the Independent Electoral Commission for preparing adequately and for ensuring that the process went on smoothly.
He cited the case of the political rallies that were held on Sunday at Ellis Park and Orlando Stadiums.
Although the stadiums are in a radius of 15 kilometres and drew thousands of supporters, there were no reports of violence between competing members of the parties.
The polls have attracted 48 political parties with the leading contenders being the African National Congress, the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters.
This is according to a statement issued by Naomi Nyawali, the First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa.