Parties wrap up rallies ahead of election day

Jacob Zuma attacked the DA, claiming that only the ANC can improve the situation in local government.

The Siyanqoba Rally in Bellville, Cape Town, saw some one thousand attendants supporting the ANC's municipal election campaign. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Political parties have used the last weekend of campaigning ahead of the local government elections to highlight their achievements and outline future plans but also to take a swipe at their counterparts.

In Johannesburg yesterday, President Jacob Zuma attacked the Democratic Alliance (DA), claiming that only the African National Congress (ANC) can improve the situation in local government.

Zuma spoke at the party's massive Siyanqoba Rally at the Emirates Airline Park. He continued on his election theme, attacking the main opposition party.

"Madiba also warned our people and our country about the DA."

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He praised the ANC's leadership of successful metros but mentioned Tshwane only briefly.

"Tshwane is also transforming the face of the city with streets naming."

Zuma looked energetic and strong throughout and was completely in charge of the crowd.

Watch: ANC's president Jacob Zuma arriving at Emirates Airline Park ahead of Siyanqoba Rally


In Polokwane, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema told supporters that his party is the only one that can challenge the ANC.

Malema addressed around 50,000 people at the Peter Mokaba Stadium at the party's final Tshela Thupa Rally.

He said the EFF will increase social grants and have a 24-hour clinic in every ward.

Malema said the EFF may only be three-years-old but he thinks it's shaken up the century-old ANC.

"The EFF can take the ANC toe-to-toe. They are in Ellis Park today, we're in Peter Mokaba today. A party of three years taking on a party of 104 years."

Malema says EFF members were peaceful during campaigning while the ANC had a string of politically-motivated killings.


At the same time on Saturday, the DA leader Mmusi Maimane used his party's final rally in Soweto to lash out at Zuma, reiterating calls for South Africans to vote for the DA and do it for Nelson Mandela.

Maimane addressed thousands of supporters at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.

He said just as he voted ANC in 1999 because of Nelson Mandela, South Africans must also vote DA because of Madiba.

"The people are choosing to use the freedom that Nelson Mandela gave them, they're making a different choice. And in fact, they're doing it for Madiba."

Maimane then launched an attack on Zuma, blaming him for what he called the degeneration of the ANC.

"Under Zuma the ANC has become everything it once fought against. It has become an organisation that looks after the connected few."

Maimane said South Africans don't need to be members of the DA to vote for it, adding that they must vote for the party because they are want change.