A jovial mood has broken out in the streets of Alexandra, as the closing time for the voters draws near. Voting has gone fairly smoothly in the township, north of Johannesburg.

There is singing and dancing to loud music while some parade in their political regalia chanting struggle songs.

Shebeens are open with those who have cast their votes to quench their thirst following a tough decision that will inform who is to lead this country.

While a shortage of Section 24 forms, that allow people to vote where they did not register, threatened to dampen the mood of a few at The Zion Apostolic Church, the issue was quickly sorted.

For most, their vote is not a secret as they await the official results.

Some residents have boycotted the polls due to what they say is government’s failure to delivery basic services such as water and sanitation to their area.

Residents of Alexandra embarked on total shutdown of the township last month in protest at poor service delivery and the mushrooming of illegal dwellings. These residents who were in the street outside a polling station say they feel government has let them down.

In Soweto residents were out in their numbers to cast their votes. Soweto’s population is predominantly black.

All eleven of the country’s official languages are spoken, and the main linguistic groups in descending order of size are IsiZulu, Sotho, Tswana, and Tsonga. It is home to more than a million people.

Most iconic figures including politicians and artists come from the South Western Township.