S. Africa's opposition wraps up election campaign

By Hassan Isilow, Sunday, May 04, 2014

The ANC, which is widely expected to retain power, will hold its final campaign rally on Sunday

The ANC, which is widely expected to retain power, will hold its final campaign rally on Sunday

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's main opposition party wrapped up its election campaign on Saturday, three days ahead of the general elections, promising jobs, better service delivery and a corrupt-free government.

"The African National Congress (ANC) has become arrogant because they believe that the voters will carry on voting for them, whatever they do," Helen Zille, the leader of the Democratic Alliance, told thousands of supporters who gathered to listen to her address in Johannesburg.  

"Well, they are in for a big shock on Wednesday," she said.

Millions of registered voters will go to the polls on May 7 to elect lawmakers for South Africa's National Assembly and provincial legislatures.

The vote coincides with the country’s celebration of 20 years of freedom, when all races where allowed to vote for the first time in 1994.

The electoral race will likely be dominated by the ANC, the DA, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Congress of the People (COPE) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

Zille told supporters to send a clear message to the ruling party on May 7 by using their vote to effect change.

She reminded South Africans that in a democracy, the government is supposed to work for the people.

"You hire it (Government). And you can fire it," said the opposition leader.

The ANC, which is widely expected to retain power, will hold its final campaign rally on Sunday.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told reporters on Friday that the most important thing about the rally is the message to be delivered by President Jacob Zuma, the party leader.

"That will be the final public message of the President," he added.

The EFF will also wrap up its election campaign with a rally in Pretoria on Sunday.

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