There were even toddlers in the dawn queue at the Constantia Kloof voting station, west of Johannesburg, yesterday.
Officials opened the door to the first voter at 7.05am.
Among those facing the low temperatures was a couple, Sarika, 31, and Shaun Thomas, 29, who brought along their two children.
"It's exciting. I'm relieved it's all over," said Sarika after casting her vote.
The couple had arrived at the station at 5.45am.
Shaun said he was expecting change "and not just talk" from the incoming government.
Another voter in the queue early was domestic worker Sarah Makatu, 50.
"I've never owned a house. I hope they will provide a house for me and my children. That's why I came out to vote," she said.
Sixty-year-old Patrick Macucwa was not allowed to vote as he didn't have an identity document.
"I lost my ID last year. I brought along my passport hoping they would allow me to use it, but they refused," he said after being turned away.
"I always vote for the ANC. I was going to vote for them, even this time around," he said. - Sapa