Zuma: The ANC will move SA forward

The ANC leader received a rousing welcome at the party's final election rally.

ANC supporters hold up paintings of Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma at the ruling party’s Siyanqoba rally at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, 4 May 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - An estimated 100,000 ANC supporters stood to welcome President Jacob Zuma as he arrived at the FNB stadium for the ANC's last rally before Wednesday's election.

This is the party's final rally ahead of Wednesday's elections.

ANC supporters head towards the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg for the ruling party's Siyanqoba rally, 4 May 2014. Picture: ANC/Twitter.

The crowd roared as Malusi Gigaba announced the arrival of Zuma and almost everyone in the stadium stood and began singing and clapping.

There was also a drumming soundtrack from the massive speakers as he arrived.

This reception should put to bed any concerns about what happened the last time Zuma spoke at this stadium.

Zuma himself looked nervous but as the crowd started singing he visibly relaxed and broke into a smile.

"We have gathered here today after an exciting and vibrant elections campaign, to declare to the country and the world at large, that the ANC is ready to move South Africa forward."

On stage were other party leaders including ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and party chair Baleka Mbete.

Earlier, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s Sidumo Dlamini declared the labour federation's full support for the ANC, saying the tripartite alliance would survive.

Cosatu has been critical of the government over the past few months but today Dlamini declared the federation's full support.

"We understand your tricks. You can not confuse us, even if you speak our language and try to dance like we dance, even if you wear the red clothes as we wear. We cannot be confused. We know our liberators."

He also said the Democratic Alliance ( DA) was turning its people blue because its leaders could not be white, and were not black enough.

The South African Communist Party (SACP)'s Blade Nzimande told the rally that people would not be fooled by people wanting to turn unions into political parties.

He also had a warning for the DA.

"Let's go and teach that party of white privilege, the new political labour brokers who hire black people and black leaders, the DA, the party of white privilege. Let's teach them a lesson on Wednesday."

Meanwhile, hundreds of Economic Freedom Fighters ( EFF) supporters say they've left the ruling party because they feel it does not represent the same ideals as its apartheid stalwarts.

EFF leader Julius Malema will be addressing its members at the Lucas Moripe Stadiumin in Atteridgeville this afternoon.

One supporter says he will vote for the EFF because it's a new party and will bring the desired change to the country.

"If you want a great party you must come here to the EFF, to Julius Malema."

This woman says it's time to give another party a chance.

"I want EFF to win the election. That's all."