‘Zuma’s animals better off than citizens’

The DA says Zuma’s livestock at Nkandla lead better lives than the surrounding community.

The Coca-Cola dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, is filled with thousands of Democratic Alliance supporters at the party’s final election rally, 3 May 2014. Picture: Democratic Alliance/Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) supporters at the party's final campaign rally have heard claims that President Jacob Zuma's animals at Nkandla are better looked after than many South Africans.

The opposition party has just completed its final election rally before Wednesday's polls at the Coca-Cola dome in Northgate, Johannesburg.

Thousands of people gathered at the dome to hear from the party's leaders, with spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, Gauteng leader John Moody, Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and party leader Helen Zille each addressing the large crowd.

Thousands of blue people gathering at the Coca Cola Dome #VoteForJobs #Winning pic.twitter.com/mYOjRguziq

In his opening remarks, Maimane, who's hoping to become the Gauteng premier after the elections, said the party was growing well.

"Democrat South Africans, today we celebrate that we can win and we will win in Gauteng. Amandla!"

After Maimane's welcome speech, Moody took to the stage and slammed Zuma.

"He allowed a strategic military base to be used as a private airfield for his friends and, today, we deal with the Nkandla issue."

Moody described the current ANC leadership, with Zuma at the helm, as an abusive partner which could be divorced through the polls.

He also told the crowd the DA was committed to building a true rainbow nation.

Mazibuko also took aim at Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal home, saying the cows and chickens there lived better than those in the surrounding communities and much of the rest of the country.

"We must honour those who fought for our freedom. But now we must look to the future."- @LindiMazibuko #VoteForJobs pic.twitter.com/fiN7jCjd4H

She also spoke about meeting families of those killed by police, an issue which got the DA in hot water recently over its first Ayisafani television advert.

Finally, after more words from Maimane, including a promise to hold a referendum on e-tolls should the party come to power, Zille took the stage with fireworks and rapturous applause from supporters.

"My appeal to you is simple: Vote for the DA and see what we will do in the next 5 years."- @helenzille #VoteForJobs pic.twitter.com/crR1atF5NJ

Focusing on the plight of the poor and those living in informal settlements, as well as the recent endorsement by landless peoples' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, Zille promised a better life for all under a DA government.

The theme of the party's 2014 campaign has consistently been centred on creating jobs and bringing change, and supporters at the rally have been echoing that message.

The hall has been transformed into a sea of blue as the party gives one last push to woo voters.

Party leaders energetically sang and shouted slogans in various languages on stage, with musicians and dancers performing alongside them.

@helenzille and @LindiMazibuko dance on stage. #VoteForJobs pic.twitter.com/4547Yy6drI