#Elections2014: The final push

Political parties are wrapping up their campaigns around the country ahead of tonight’s deadline.

Julius Malema danced in front of the crowd at Sunday's EFF rally in Atteridgeville. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Political parties are wrapping up their election campaigns ahead of tonight's deadline, with leaders canvassing votes in various parts of the country.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are in the North West, as they prepare to contest the elections for the first time.

Some African National Congress (ANC) leaders have avoided several areas there, citing security concerns.

Hundreds of miners from Impala Platinum have gathered at Freedom Park where EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to address them.

It was at Freedom Park that Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was evacuated after receiving a hostile response last month while campaigning for the ANC.

But Malema has proved to be more popular.

A red election truck with EFF branding is parked in the middle of the field, where striking Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) miners and their families have gathered to hear Malema's address.

The miners have been on a financially crippling strike for more than three months now, which has been supported by the EFF.

Malema's final visit will be to Marikana, where he is expected to address Wonderkop residents.

This is the area where he launched his party last year.

At the same time, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille is in Johannesburg with the party's Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane.

The two campaigned on a train from Soweto to Park Station this morning.

Zille and Maimane arrived at Park Station to the sound of praise and ululation.

The DA leaders have been interacting with party supporters, including shop owners and street vendors.

DA leader Helen Zille speaking to street vendors in the streets of Johannesburg on 6 May 2014 during her party's election campaign. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

Earlier a group of DA supporters marched down the streets of the Johannesburg CBD holding posters and singing songs against President Jacob Zuma.

The party has also given out stickers and T-shirts, making their last call to South Africans to vote for the DA.

In Cape Town the ANC's Songezo Mjongile says they intend canvassing for votes until the very last minute.

"The last part of the campaign is really a call to vote, where you're going to see a motorcade throughout our townships between now and tonight where we remind people and tell them to go out and vote."

Meanwhile, former President Thabo Mbeki cast his special vote in Killarney earlier today.

The former president walked out of his front door and greeted the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials, who had set up a mobile cardboard voting station in his driveway.

He exchanged a few jokes, went through all the formalities and was then handed an envelope into which he could slip his ballot paper.

After disappearing back into house for a few minutes, Mbeki emerged and handed over the envelope.

Speaking to a group of journalists afterwards, he urged all South Africans to make their mark on Wednesday.

He spoke about anti-apartheid heroes who had given their lives so that others could vote and laughed away a question as to which party he was supporting.