South African President Jacob Zuma gestures as he speaks during the African National Congress (ANC) final mass election rally in Soweto, Johannesburg on May 4, 2014.
JOHANNESBURG - ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete addressed a crowd of 95,000 ANC supporters on Saturday, saying the turnout was indicative of the party’s sure victory.
“The overwhelming majority the ANC deserves is what the people will determine (at the elections) and I am quite sure it will be nothing less than 70 (percent of the vote), but probably much more. Let’s wait and see,” she said to supporters on Saturday afternoon.
Children dressed in khaki holding ANC flags formed a guard of honour for the party&39;s top officials as they entered the FNB stadium for the Siyanqoba rally on Sunday.
The crowd cheered as ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, secretary general Gwede Mantashe, his deputy Jessie Duarte, treasurer general Zweli Mkhize and national chairwoman Baleka Mbete made their way to the stage.
The officials waved at the crowd, as they were welcomed by ANC head of elections, Malusi Gigaba.
ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrived shortly afterwards and took her seat with the national executive committee members. She was dressed in full black as she is still in mourning following the death of her ex-husband and former president Nelson Mandela.
President Jacob Zuma arrived afterward. The last time Zuma addressed a crowd at the FNB stadium, at Mandela&39;s memorial, he was booed. Earlier this week the ANC denied reports of vetting people to stop those who might boo again from coming.
African National Congress national executive committee members sat on two minor stages on either side of the main stage.
Earlier, Gigaba said the 95,000-seater calabash-shaped stadium was filled to capacity, besides people standing on the pitch.
There were also three overflow areas outside the stadium which were full.
The crowd all dressed in ANC regalia cheered as motorbikes drove around the stadium revving their engines.
The party was also holding rallies in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
Zuma&39;s keynote address at the FNB stadium would be live streamed to other rallies around the country, Gigaba said.
The FNB stadium on Sunday was a sea of green, yellow and black. People waved ANC flags and held up home-made placards, some of which read "Too late Malema, better luck next time", "Run Zille run" and "Run Malema run".