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LIVE BLOG: We’re following your political parties this Freedom Day

EWN brings you live updates as political parties rally across the country ahead of the 2019 general elections, set for 8 May.

More details here. 

As political rallies continue today, South Africans living abroad are voting.

Trading places? 

The DA responds to President Cyril Ramaphosa's visit to Makhanda.  

Here's what the president said,

ANC campaigns continue this afternoon. While David Mabuza has concluded his address in Hammanskraal, leaders in the Western Cape have vowed to build houses. 

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As political parties campaign today, EFF leader Julius Malema and ANC elections head Fikile Mbalula are having a little fun with each other on social media.

EFF leader Julius Malema says they have a plan to end gender discrimination. 

While DA campaigns across the country today, supporters abroad are voting.

EFF leader Julius Malema has started his Freedom Day address.

DA Western Cape premier candidate Alan Winde tells supporters to vote DA if they want to see progress in the province.

This police officer in Kraaifontein has just declared his love for the ANC. The party's Jessie Duarte is in Kraaifontein today.

Jacob Zuma’s biggest crime wasn’t the money he stole, but the institutions he destroyed. - Mmusi Maimane 

If you're in Cape Town, you might get a surprise visit from Jessie Duarte today. The ANC deputy secretary-general is in Kraaifontein.

The ANC is also campaigning today. African National Congress secretary-general Ace Magashule is at the Jacob Zuma informal settlement in Parys, in the Free State.

UDM party leader Bantu Holomisa has dedicated Freedom Day 2019 to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

The EFF has released its Freedom Day statement. It says it's disingenuous to celebrate freedom, because the struggle for freedom is centered on the land question.

"ANC leaders of 25 years ago would have been appalled at what the party has become," says DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

"The ANC has gone from movement to monument," says DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

Back to Johannesburg... the DA's Mmusi Maimane is now addressing "rumours" surrounding the ANC and EFF.   

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has started his Freedom Day speech by addressing unemployment in the country.

Let's go abroad. Many South Africans queued to vote early this morning. The DA has shared pictures of supporters abroad.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has received
quite a warm welcome in Johannesburg this morning. 




Today marks 25 years since the first democratic post-apartheid non-racial elections that were held on April 27 1994. Nelson Mandela was elected as president of the republic following the election.


Welcome to EWN’s live blog. Today we follow political rallies across the country, including the EFF and DA. Many South Africans living abroad are also voting today.