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Around 29 parties jostle for the votes of about 25 million South Africans registered to participate in the polls.
About 22,000 voting stations open for general election, which ruling ANC is expected to win despite political scandals.
About 22,000 voting stations open for Wednesday's general election, which the ruling ANC is expected to win.
Would-be presidential candidate appears to have changed her mind about merger of her party with main opposition group.
Mamphela Ramphele, founder of Agang party, becomes Democratic Alliance's first black candidate for presidential post.
Cape Town officials point accusing finger at ANC Youth League, which had threatened to make the city "ungovernable".
Unions federation called national strike to demand improved worker rights and end to controversial road tolls scheme.
After most votes counted, figures show an increase in opposition support despite ruling party victory.
Preliminary results of Wednesday's local body polls show increase in opposition support despite ANC lead.
Fifteen years after first vote, euphoria has made way for more tempered expectations.
Mike Hanna, Johannesburg, South Africa
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