ANC campaigns in Bekkersdal

Some people jeered the ruling party as it passed through the sewage-strewn roads.

The ANC conducts a motorcade through the streets of Bekkersdal on 6 May 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

This as political parties around the country wrap up their election campaigns ahead of the midnight deadline.

The township has experienced a wave of violent service delivery protests in recent months.

Bekkersdal became a no-go area for the ANC but the area has since returned to calm following government intervention.

The ANC motorcade was preceded by two police vehicles and only attracted a handful of residents.

Supporters waved ANC flags and sang struggle songs.

An election campaign bus carrying ANC volunteers followed the motorcade.

There has been strong opposition to the ruling party in the area.

But one man said he's confident the ANC will retain most of the votes in the West Rand township.

"I don't think the ANC is going to lose support."

Some people jeered the ruling party as it passed through the sewage-strewn roads.

Many locals say Wednesday's voting will be peaceful due to the high police presence in the area.

There will be six police officers at each voting station in the township after it was declared a high-risk area.

Officers from public order policing and the tactical response team will patrol the area.

South African National Defence Force cars were deployed tp patrol the street of Bekkersdal ahead of the national election. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.


Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says she will continue to serve the ANC to the best of her ability after Wednesday's poll.

She cast her special ballot in her home town of Krugersdorp on Tuesday.

The premier said she is confident the ANC will continue to govern the country for many more years to come.

Mokonyane said President Jacob Zuma will remain the country's leader, despite attempts by other parties to discredit him.

She also said she will remain a devoted ANC member, regardless of what may happen after the polls.

Mokonyane said opposition parties should stop talking about e-tolls and the Nkandla debacle.