THOHOYANDOU - ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa says parents who don't send their children for early childhood development schooling will be arrested.
It's the first time since becoming party president that Ramaphosa has addressed a rally in his ancestral home, in the northernmost part of Limpopo province.
He delivered the keynote address during the party's Limpopo manifesto launch in Thohoyandou.
Ramaphosa reiterated the revised ECD programme will be compulsory.
"In English, we say this is compulsory, whether you like it or not as a parent, your child must go to school," he said.
"Otherwise, if you don't do that, jail awaits you."
With a few exceptions, the prepared speech was largely a repeat of last week's State of the Nation Address.
Ramaphosa called on the crowds to head to the polls in their numbers to ensure a resounding victory for the ANC.