STORY: :: South African inmates vote from inside a maximum security prison

:: May 29, 2024

:: Cape Town, South Africa

:: Bongani Mene, Pollsmoor inmate

:: "A vote is going to make a difference, because your vote, your vote counts. Each and every vote that you make, it counts, it counts a lot, yes, so there is a difference that it's going to make."

:: Lisa Khanya, Pollsmoor inmate

:: "I'm grateful for the government that is governing us now, to get an opportunity to cast my vote while incarcerated when I'm inside, yeah, it shows that we have a government... a government that gives us second chances, yeah. And give us a chance to say our vote."

South Africans are voting on Wednesday in the most competitive election since the end of apartheid, with opinion polls suggesting the African National Congress (ANC) could lose its parliamentary majority after 30 years in government.

The ANC is still on course to win the largest share of the vote, meaning that its leader President Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to remain in office, unless he faces an internal challenge if the party's performance is worse than expected.