Mandela to vote in next week poll

May 13, 2011 12:00 am

, JOHANNESBURG, May 13 – South Africa\’s ailing former president Nelson Mandela is expected to cast his vote in upcoming local government elections, his office said Friday.

"Having spoken to him, we know that he will vote," daughter Zenani Dlamini said in a statement.

"We of course know where his historical allegiance lies, but casting his vote is a private matter, just as it is for any other citizen of our country."

The 92-year-old anti-apartheid hero has not been seen in public since he was discharged from hospital in January after treatment for an acute respiratory infection.

His office could not say whether he would vote privately at home or go to a public voting station, as he has done in previous elections.

The revered leader is currently under home-based care but in stable condition, according to information released in February.

His two-day hospitalisation, initially described by his foundation as a "routine" check-up, created a flurry of media speculation over his health.

The iconic leader cast his first vote in April 1994, before he was elected the country\’s first black president, a position he held for one term, until 1999.


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