Kevin Pietersen

Cricketer Kevin Pietersen has urged South Africans to vote.
Images via Instagram:
@kevinpietersen

Expat Kevin Pietersen calls on South Africa to ‘vote for change’

South Africa-born cricket legend Kevin Pietersen has made an impassioned plea, stating that ‘the country cannot continue like it is’.

Kevin Pietersen

Cricketer Kevin Pietersen has urged South Africans to vote.
Images via Instagram:
@kevinpietersen

In a sporting sense, Kevin Pietersen is one of the most well-known South African expats, having left the country as a promising young cricketer at a young age. He then went on to forge an illustrious career for England, establishing himself as one of the best batsman of all time.

Pietersen is still closely connected to his home country, though, where he runs a game lodge, while he often returns as a broadcaster.

With South Africans bracing for a tight general election that may loosen the ruling ANC’s 30-year hold on power, Pietersen took to social media with an impassioned plea.

“Please vote for change in South Africa today,” he wrote. “The country cannot continue like it is,” he added in a clear plea for the ANC to be moved out of power.

KEVIN PIETERSEN MAY NOTE THAT THE ANC IS AT RISK OF LOSING ITS OUTRIGHT MAJORITY

On Wednesday, South Africa’s 27-million-strong registered electorate will vote to elect provincial legislatures and a new national parliament. The latter then chooses the president.

For the first time since the advent of democracy, the African National Congress is at risk of losing its outright majority. This could lead to a situation where they are forced to negotiate a coalition.

“This is certainly South Africa’s most unpredictable election since 1994,” political analyst Daniel Silke said.

“It reflects the broad-based economic decline that the country has been languishing under now for the better part of the last decade or so.”

Busy day at the polls

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Polls opened at 07:00 and will close at 21:00.

Full results are not expected before the weekend.