Mashatile vows to fill stadium at ANC rally

Gauteng ANC leader Paul Mashatile says his province won’t need help from other ANC provincial branches.

Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile passionately addresses thousands of supporters as the party launched its Gauteng manifesto at the FNB stadium on 4 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As South Africa enters the most crucial weekend in the most contested elections since 1994, the Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) says it will fill Ellis Park on Sunday, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) are holding their final rallies tomorrow.

All parties are trying to boost the turn-out in their favour amid claims and counter-claims about whether the DA will be able to wrest control of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay from the ANC.

Polls conducted during previous elections have shown that it's during the final weekend of campaigning that support for the ANC begins to peak, as it holds a massive Sunday rally.

Gauteng ANC leader Paul Mashatile says his province won't need help from the other ANC provinces to fill up Ellis Park on Sunday.

"By the time the neighbours arrive, Gauteng alone would have filled up Ellis Park, so we'll put the neighbours in the next stadium."

But the DA is holding its own rally at the Dobsonville Stadium tomorrow. It says it is able to take two metros in Gauteng from the ANC.

The EFF's final rally is also on Sunday at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.