FNB Stadium near capacity for ANC rally
The ruling party says 95,000 have gathered at the stadium for its Siyanqoba rally.
JOHANNESBURG - The FNB Stadium in Soweto is packed close to capacity today as tens of thousands of ANC supporters have gathered to hear the party leadership deliver its message at the Siyanqoba ('victory') Rally.
With just three days to go until South Africans place their votes, this is the biggest political gathering in the country today.
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Leaders of the ANC's various leagues will make the first speeches, followed by other members of the tripartite alliance.
President Jacob Zuma is then expected to address the crowd himself in the afternoon.
The reception he gets today is likely to be more welcoming than his last speech at the venue.
In December last year, Zuma was heckled by some in the crowd at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela.
But today, thousands of people are wearing yellow ANC T-shirts, many with Zuma's face printed on them.
Pictures: Vumani Mkhize/Twitter.
ANC supporters at the stadium have told Eyewitness News they want to show the world that the party is united, contrary to what many might believe.
The crowd has sung along to struggle songs with the performers on stage, with the blazing sun failing to hinder their enthusiasm.
Once he's on the podium, the president is likely to focus on what he believes the ANC will do to improve the lives of South Africans in its next five years in power.
The event is being broadcast live on SABC, eNCA and ANN7.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the province, scores of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters have converged at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, to hear leader Julius Malema at the party's final rally.
Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.
Agang SA is also holding its final election rally today, while the DA is putting on a special concert in Johannesburg.
The day has not been without drama, with the DA accusing ANC supporters of attacking and stoning its own supporters who were on their way to the concert which is being held around 15 kilometres from the FNB Stadium.
In terms of electoral law, all political activity is meant to stop at midnight tonight.