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Archbishop Tutu cast his special vote at his home in Cape Town

With only two days left ahead of the national and provincial elections on the 8th of May, 6th and 7th are days dedicated for special votes. The Independent Electoral Commission officials has this morning arrived at the home of archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Milnerton, Cape Town, where he and his wife casted their ballots.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (87) is one of more than 700 000 people scheduled to cast their votes over the next two days.


“Thank you for coming,” he said after casting his ballot.



With the aid of a walking stick, he walked back to the house with a wide smile on his face and waved at the media contingent that was parked outside his gate, blowing a kiss and walking back into his house.

Tutu was among several South Africans around the country who applied to cast a special vote ahead of the General Elections on Wednesday.



A special vote is aimed at allowing registered voters who cannot vote at their voting station on Election Day.


As Tutu made his way back to his house, Wandisile Ngeyi, the ward councillor of ward four, which includes Milnerton, said he accompanied IEC officials as an observer to ensure that he was satisfied with how the voting was conducted.


He said Tutu and his wife, Leah, were in high spirits after they cast their votes at their Milnerton home.



Tutu did not conduct any interviews.


The last time the Nobel Peace Prize winner was in the news was when he was admitted to a Cape Town hospital for a series of tests. Tutu has for over two decades battled with prostate cancer.



When Tutu last voted at Milnerton High School during the 2016 Local Government Elections, he said voting to him remained a dream.


“It still is a dream, you know, that one can vote in South Africa as a black person. It is fantastic and I hope everybody will want to use their vote in the right way,” he said.

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