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Politicians use May Day to campaign

Several celebrations are underway throughout the country to mark Workers Day.

ANC’s Zweli Mkhize addresses the crowd during a Workers Day rally in Khayelitsha. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have been reflecting on workers' rights this May Day, but many political parties have used celebrations to take swipes at their competitors and lure voters into their corner.

South African Communist Party ( SACP) Secretary General Blade Nzimande addressed a half full Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, where Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is celebrating National Workers Day.

He told the crowd that President Jacob Zuma's administration was the most effective and successful in the history of South Africa because of its increased spending on infrastructure development.

Nzimande says to fight government corruption - workers should vote for the ANC.

Nzimande started his speech by taking a swipe at the Vote No campaign and those who are spearheading it.

"They want to actually roll back these achievements so we must not listen to them. We must teach them a lesson next week."

Nzimande has urged workers to defend the unity of Cosatu and ensure an overwhelming alliance victory in the upcoming elections.

"Without a united, militant and independent Cosatu within the alliance, the ability of a new ANC-led government to press ahead with transformation will be compromised."

Nzimande warned people that without the ANC the country is doomed.

Meanwhile, members of the crowd were removed from the stadium by security during the President Jacob Zuma's speech.

There was a huge commotion at the Peter Mokaba Stadium during Zuma's May Day address.

The disturbance saw camouflaged MK personnel scurry up the terraces in order to remove the unruly members.

It is still unclear why they were removed from the stadium, but it is largely suspected that they had been booing.

Journalists were pushed away by security guards while trying to investigate.

In the Western Cape, the ANC in the province has used a Workers Day rally in Khayelitsha to lash out at the Democratic Alliance (DA) saying it has inflated the number of jobs created.

Hundreds of supporters of the tripartite alliance are in attendance.

Speakers at the rally did not hold back, taking swipes at the DA.

Cosatu's Zweli Mkhize, who addressed the crowd, claimed job figures quoted by the DA were over inflated.

Mkhize says 400,000 jobs have been created in Gauteng with the Western Cape in second place with 200,000.

The ANC's Marius Fransman and Braam Hanekom also had some harsh words for the opposition party.

Hanekom told the audience the ANC was the only party that was protecting workers rights and urged people to vote accordingly.

The country goes to the polls on 7 May.