South Africa’s Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was mum after casting his vote at home in Milnerton‚ Cape Town‚ on Monday.
The upbeat and jovial retired clergy, however, was all smiles while casting his vote.
Tutu and his wife Leah were among the 770 000 voters who are casting special votes on Monday, 6 May 2019 and Tuesday, 7 May 2019 across the country ahead of Wednesday’s, 8 May 2019 national polls.
Shortly after casting his vote‚ Tutu walked the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials to the outside of his home. He then thanked them for coming as he waved and blew kisses at journalists gathered outside the gate of his house.
IEC area manager Allan du Plooy told journalists that the Tutus were upbeat during the 20 minutes he and his staff spent inside their residence processing the balloting for them to cast their votes.
“The Arch and his wife received us very warmly. They were upbeat about the elections. We went through the process with him and told him what was going to happen.
“Then we left him for some privacy. He made his mark‚” Du Plooy said. “He was very jovial‚ his usual jovial self‚ and he looks quite healthy.”
The Tutus previously voted at the Milnerton High School which is close to their home.