Yesterday South Africans flocked to the polls to participate in the country’s fifth general elections, and of course social media was with them every step of the way. Worthy of note is picture sharing service Instagram, which saw a massive spike in use as people were encouraged to use the #VoteSA hashtag to mark the occasion.
From early in the morning with just a few hundred pictures the hashtag started to gain momentum as the day wore on passing the 3 000 mark at around two o’clock in the afternoon. At the time of writing there were 5 870 photos with a few still trickling in as results begin to filter through the various news organisations.
The @southafrica Instagram account featured some of the best photos of the day by republishing them for its audience and predictably even Tata Mandela made a guest appearance.
Click on any of the images to see them along with the credit to the photographers or just head on through to the @southafrica IG account and give a like to your favourite ones.
Tomorrow is voting day in South Africa and millions of people will be celebrating 20 years of democracy by exercising their hard fought right to vote. If you are voting, we want you to share your experience with the world! Use the tag #voteSA and mention @southafrica so that we can feature the best pictures throughout the day. Enjoy the experience!
As the sun rises on voting day, South Africans from all across the country join the queues to cast their votes. #votesa Photo by @simonehiebner
The marks that matter are your one on the ballot and the “I’ve voted” mark on your thumb. #voteSA Photo by @mrplaythroughtheline
Long queues and long shadows at voting stations. Fingers crossed they move quickly. #voteSA Photo by @greg_ce
All dressed up and ready to float, I mean vote. It’s worth getting excited. #voteSA Photo by @katlegomaboe
Great aerial view of residents in Alexandra waiting to vote. #voteSA Photo by @ewnupdates
Voting seems to be an experience that people want to share. #voteSA Photo by @megankieswetter
This is only the 5th time that Matthew has been able to vote and he wouldn’t miss it for the world. #voteSA Photo by @shesaidsa
You have to love the vote! #voteSA Photo by @___kamo
It’s still happening across the country. #voteSA Photo by @tumelo_lushaba
He will never be that far away on voting day. #voteSA Photo by @rowaneva
Voting isn’t just a right, it’s also a celebration of freedom and democracy. #voteSA Photo by @miklasmanneke
A massive thumbs-up to everyone who voted, posted, liked and commented today. Thanks so much for being amazing and making today special. #voteSA Photo by @theworldsyoungestman