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ANC prepares for massive final rally

The ruling party is expecting to host up to 200,000 people at the FNB Stadium today.

The ruling party is expecting to host up to 200,000 people at the FNB Stadium today. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC's election campaign will culminate today with a massive rally at the FNB Stadium near Soweto in Johannesburg.

As South Africans go to the polls on 7 May for the country's fifth democratic elections since 1994, the ruling party is hoping voters will choose to keep it in power.

The Siyanqoba (victory) Rally will bring a festive end to the party's official campaign in the 2014 elections, with predictions that up to 200,000 people will attend.

The audience at the stadium as well as the hundreds of thousands more watching at home will be treated to performances by musicians including Zahara, Professor, Mzwakhe Mbuli and Mafikizolo.

iFani will also be taking to the stage for a second election event this weekend, having also performed at the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s rally in Northgate yesterday.

FEARS OF BOOING

The ANC has a successful track record of filling large stadiums for election rallies, but this time there are claims it will be checking all of its members there to make sure no one will boo President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma has been booed twice at the FNB Stadium previously.

Notably, in December last year, he was heckled by some in the crowd at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela.

Zuma will give the keynote address at around 1pm and is likely to maintain the party's campaign mantra that it has a 'good story to tell' about its rule over the past 20 years.

However, the president has come under scrutiny for his alleged involvement in various scandals, including the R246 million upgrades at his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

The event, due to begin at around 9am, will be broadcast live on SABC, eNCA and ANN7.

Motorists have been warned to expect heavy traffic and congestion in the Nasrec area as supporters make their way to and from the stadium.

Meanwhile, Agang SA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will also hold their final election rallies today, while the DA is putting on a special concert for prospective supporters.

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