Elections: Final push for parties
Political parties pulled no punches on the final stretch of campaigning over the weekend.
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's political parties promised to end corruption, increase teachers, doctors and radical economic change at their final election rallies.
Over the weekend the Democratic Alliance (DA), the ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) held their final campaign events.
The FNB Stadium was packed yesterday as President Jacob Zuma addressed the Siyanqoba ANC rally and said the party's main focus will be on jobs in its next term.
"Government will also support small enterprises and co-operative including those run by the youth."
The president also invoked the past.
"Let's vote for the movement of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu."
Video: Musicians entertain ANC supporters at rally.
But other alliance leaders used the opportunity to attack the DA and the EFF.
ANC Youth League Task Team convenor Mzwandile Masina attacked the DA's Mmusi Maimane directly.
"Today even a little Obama is able to marry a white woman in Gauteng without prejudice because of the ANC."
Zuma also told the stadium the ANC has a good story to tell in government.
Meanwhile, South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande attacked the opposition.
"Let's teach the DA, the party of white privileged people, a lesson on Wednesday."
Zuma added they are ready for 7 May.
'KEEP YOUR PROMISES '
South Africans who attended election rallies at the weekend said they hope political parties will stick to their election promises.
Two major ANC rallies were held in Cape Town, in in Dunoon and in Nyanga at the weekend.
ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman speaks to the crowd at Nyanga Stadium, Western Cape, 4 Mat 2014. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.
One Dunoon resident says all she wants is a toilet that flushes and running water, but under the leadership of the ANC and the DA in the Western Cape, that has never happened.
The 49-year-old woman said she is tired of broken election promises.
"People are sick because they're staying in a dirty place. Those people who are up there don't care."
Close to three million Western Cape residents are registered to vote.
ANC SUPPORTERS CONFIDENT OF WIN
ANC supporters said they were confident the party will come out on top in this year's election. ANC supporters at final rally, before the elections on 7 May. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.
ANC supporters at final rally, before the elections on 7 May. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.
An estimated 100,000 people attended the party's rally.
The hot sun didn't discourage the crowd as they sang, danced and filled the stadium. ANC supporters head towards the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Picture: ANC/Twitter.
ANC supporters head towards the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Picture: ANC/Twitter.
Big names in the music industry including Mafikizolo, Zahara and Doctor Malinga entertained the crowd and encouraged them to vote for the ANC on Wednesday.
A supporter said she believed the ruling party will govern once again.
"On 7 May we'll put the stamp on everything, we've got this so EFF here we come."
With the stadium filled to capacity it would seem the ANC's last push for votes in the upcoming elections was successful. ANC supporters at ruling party's rally, 4 May 2014. Picture: ANC/Twitter.
ANC supporters at ruling party's rally, 4 May 2014. Picture: ANC/Twitter.
'PAY TRIBUTE TO SLAIN MARIKANA MINERS'
EFF leader Julius Malema was at his party's final rally at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridegville.
He told thousands of EFF supporters that South Africans should vote for his party as a way of paying homage to the 34 Marikana miners gunned down by police.
Malema said the EFF is the only party that champions the political aspirations of people who are marginalised.
Video: Malema addresses crowd at EFF rally.
The firebrand politician was greeted with rapturous applause when he entered the stadium.
An EFF supporter holds up a painting of Malema at the pre-election rally. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.
He soon got down to the business of the day, telling supporters mainly in his mother tongue Sepedi, to change the status quo by voting for his party on Wednesday.
"The EFF is the solution to the problems you are confronted with."
Malema argued that if he wins the elections, his government will divert money from minister's salaries to increase social grants and also cut all their benefits. Malema danced in front of the crowd at Sunday's EFF rally in Atteridgeville. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.
Malema danced in front of the crowd at Sunday's EFF rally in Atteridgeville. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.
He added that his party will change the dress code of Parliament and allow public officials to wear overalls to show they've been voted for to serve the poor.
DA NOT INTIMIDATED
The DA said it won't be intimidated after one of its motorcades was stoned in the Crossroads area, in the Western Cape.
Video: Thousands attend DA rally.
The party accused ANC supporters of hurling stones at a vehicle, which was on the campaign trail on Sunday and has since opened a criminal case.
The DA's Ivan Meyer says, "It is clear that the ANC fears the outcome of the election in the province. The DA will not stand back but will continue our campaign. And will be victorious on 7 May."
There's been no comment from the ANC on the incident at this stage. Coca-Cola dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, is filled with thousands of DA supporters at the party's final election rally, 3 May 2014. Picture: Democratic Alliance/Facebook.
Coca-Cola dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, is filled with thousands of DA supporters at the party's final election rally, 3 May 2014. Picture: Democratic Alliance/Facebook.
On Saturday at the Northgate Dome it was DA leader Helen Zille's turn to get personal.
"They once spoke about a Zuma tsunami but we speak of a bluenarmy and it's about to wash the Zunarmy of the face of the country."
She also spoke at a DA music concert yesterday.